To make this goal a reality, the department organises several experiential learning journeys to provide our students with an authentic learning experience. For example, our Secondary One students visited Kallang River–Bishan, Ang Mo Kio Park, where they explored biodiversity and had first-hand experience in water quality testing. Through our partnership with the Public Utilities Board (PUB), we have also developed interdisciplinary competencies in our students, where they learn more about environmental and citizenship education, in the aspect of respecting the environment around them.
In line with the topic of Energy, our Secondary Two Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) students also had the chance to visit the Energy Efficiency Centre where they picked up energy-saving techniques that they can apply in real life. Our Secondary Two Express students were also exposed to authentic real-world experiences when they visited exhibits at the Make the Future Festival 2018, a public festival featuring bright energy ideas and innovations that address global energy challenges in a multidisciplinary manner, across Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Our North Stars were privileged to meet key industry leaders and learn about how large corporations try to come up with innovative sources of renewable energy to meet the world’s energy needs.
This year, one team
of North Stars was also selected as the finalist at the Bright Ideas Challenge,
a national competition organised by Science Centre Singapore in partnership
with Shell Singapore and supported by the Ministry of Education. The
competition aims to spark young people’s curiosity in science and engineering
and to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators. Our
team did a project to build an optimised design of the Eco-cooler and make it
more scalable to cater to the users’ needs.
In spite of the stiff competition, our North Stars made us proud by
clinching the Merit Award.
Our students are also given many opportunities to extend their learning beyond the classroom. Lower Secondary students with the aptitude and interest in Science participated in the North Zone Elementz Research Conference and Competition and the Singapore Youth Science Fair. In these competitions, students had to conceptualize and conduct an investigative project which encourages creativity and innovation through problem-solving and heightens awareness and interest in science, research and technology development. One of their projects investigated the use of the thermoelectric effect to generate electricity and won the Bronze award at the North Zone Elementz Research Conference and Competition. At the Singapore Youth Science Fair, two teams clinched the highest honour of the Distinction Award. At the Upper Secondary level, students participated in the East Zone A*Star Science Fair, a competition organised by Victoria Junior College in collaboration with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research. This experience gave them a rare chance to view advanced research methods and techniques displayed at the Science Fair. Their sound investigative approach and effective communication skills to present their findings to the larger scientific community enabled them to clinch the Merit Award in this competition.
Left: Students testing their prototypes for the Bright Ideas Challenge
Through such rich experiences in both competitions and learning journeys, our department continuously strives to support our students in their appreciation of the value of Science.