“Science is not formal log–it needs the free play of the mind in as great a degree as any other creative art. It is true that this is a gift which can hardly be taught, but its growth can be encouraged in those who already posses it.”
Max Born (1882-1970) German Physicist. Nobel Prize, 1954
Spurring Active Independent Learners Of The Sciences
Young Darwin and Newton Card
Primary 3 to Primary 4 Students embark on a Darwin and Newton Card Activity each year. The students are awarded badges on completion of the Young scientist Card. The objectives of the card are to encourage students to actively carry out experiments and research and to stimulate interest in children in the area of Science.
P3 Gardening project
P3 pupils will get take on the role of farmer, growing and nurturing plants through hydroponics solution and soil. Through the process, they will learn about the lifecycle of plants, parts of plants as well as pick up the values of responsibility and perseverance. Pupils will also be able to compare the advantages and disadvantages of the two types of gardening methods.
P4 Life Cycles of Butterfly and Mealworm Beetle
P4 pupils will observe and document the lifecycle of butterflies and mealworms reared in the Science garden and classroom. They will compare and contrast the lifecycles of the two insects, promoting an authentic learning experience.
Interesting Science Documentary Video clips such as MythBusters would be shown during USSR. The clips will feature the hosts designing and carrying out experiments to verify certain Myths. The videos aim to ignite the curiosity and interest of pupils in Science by provoking them to think of the scientific concepts behind what they have seen or heard.
Science Outdoor Garden
Features such as butterfly plants, herbs, cactus, mini-Ecopond, planters and hydroponics installations can be found at the Science outdoor garden situated at the 5th level outside the Science laboratories. The features will allow the pupils to have hands-on experiential learning opportunities, making learning more meaningful and authentic.
ICT Datalogger Activities
P3 – P6 pupils were involved in hands-on Science learning activities that made use of handheld dataloggers to facilitate analysis and evaluation of information resulting in deepening of understanding and knowledge.
Primary 4 pupils collected data using handheld dataloggers and generated graphs to compare and contrast the different amount of light that could pass through different materials. Through the practical hands-on activities, pupils applied their science conceptual understanding for problem solving in authentic situation.
P5 pupils used the ICT Addest Electrical Circuit Matrix Set to build electrical circuits, thus finding out how the arrangement of the bulbs and batteries affects the brightness of the bulbs. Through the inquiry-based activity, pupils form their own understandings on electrical circuits through hands-on activities and group discussion.