In the Science Department, the programmes developed and the approach used aims to realise the department’s vision of “inculcating the spirit of scientific inquiry in an increasingly technologically-driven world”.
Through Inquiry-Based Learning, scientific knowledge and skills are taught in an engaging environment that encourages and challenges students to develop critical thinking and analytical skills which are necessary for the 21st century.
Unique to the Science department in Queensway Secondary School is the Environmental Science Applied Learning (ES ALP) and Life Science Programme (LSP). The ES ALP is a 2 tiered programme with the objective of nurturing students into confident learners, caring citizens and responsible stewards of the environment. Through the programme, the department aims to develop a strong awareness for environmental issues and learn to appreciate the environment which they live in. The LSP readily involves students with hands-on learning experiences in a real world context and is conducted in our Science and Innovation centre that consists of a Tissue Culture Lab and a Data Logger Laboratory.
Students in our Science Talent Development Programme who shows keen interest and aptitude can look forward to opportunities to participate in student leadership programmes, involvement in public events, participation in competitions and enrichment programmes.
|Environmental Science Applied Learning Programme in STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
Environmental Science Applied Learning Programme is a 2 tiered programme with the objective of nurturing students into confident learners, caring citizens and responsible stewards of the environment.
Through the programme, we aim to:
Students with keen interest and aptitude can look forward to opportunities in the Tier 2 programme where they participate in student leadership programmes. Students have the chance to be involved in public events as well as participate in competitions and enrichment programmes organised by our partners which include Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore Science Centre, PUB, Singapore Environment Council and Energy Market Authority.
|Life Science Programme|
|Our Life Science Programme takes the Sec 2 students on a journey into the world of life science through a series of hands-on sessions in tissue culture experiments and projects based on case study of an invasive species in a natural environment. The programme introduces life science techniques such as gel electrophoresis and bacteria transformation with micro-pipetting, which are intended to cultivate in the students a curiosity in the Life Sciences. Hands-on activities involving real world context is conducted in our Science and Innovation Centre that consists of a Tissue Culture Lab and a Data Logger Laboratory. Through the activities, it is hoped that students will understand the potential in the applications of some of the Life Sciences knowledge and skills in their daily lives as well as in their future careers, enabling students to deal with issues related to environmental conservation and biodiversity.|
|Science Talent Development Programme|
|The Science Talent Development Programme aims to optimize the students' potential in the various sciences. Through participation in the customised activities and external competitions it is hoped that the students will develop scientific inquiry, critical thinking and research methods and experimentation and further develop their passion for the sciences. It is also a platform where the students are encouraged to develop independent learning skills, teamwork with self-exploratory efforts and leadership qualities when they are involved in public events, participate in zonal or national competitions and enrichment programmes with guidance from teachers and mentors.|
|Assembly of Youth for Environment|
Assembly of Youth for Environment (AYE) is an innovative and significant annual event in the Queensway Environmental Education Programme that acts like a catalyst for students and teachers from primary and secondary schools to get together and champion initiatives for environment sustainability. It is organized by Queensway with its various partners including Tetrapak, Singapore Polytechnic, PUB and Nparks. The objectives are:
Since its inaugural event in 2009, AYE had been held at various places with a different theme each year. Activities such as the planting of Butterfly plants at Fort Canning Green in celebration of the International Year of Forests (2011), student leaders facilitating discussion groups using inquiry-based to learn more about solar energy in Marina Bay in alignment to the UN’s International Year of Sustainable Energy for All (2012), dramatizing the impact of Black Rain in Marina Barrage with the theme of Water Cooperation (2013) and carnival-like activities on Food Security in Hort Park (2014)
The slogan of “Tomorrow’s Future, Today’s Actions” is used yearly as a reminder to all that each and every one of us plays a vital role in changing our lifestyles so that the impact on climate change can be reduced. At the end of each event, all participants will pledge their commitment towards environmental sustainability in Singapore and we hope that this commitment will serve as a personal action for students in years to come.