Science TDP

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Science furthers the understanding of our natural and physical worlds as well as the wider universe through the process of scientific inquiry; which involves generating ideas, testing hypotheses, gathering evidence through observations, and conducting investigations and modeling.  Through the study of Science, our students will become confident citizens in a technological world, able to take or develop an informed interest in matters of scientific importance.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of four years, a SST graduate will be able to:
  1. Understand and apply major concepts in biology, chemistry and physics
  2. Develop an understanding of the natural and physical worlds, built on current scientific theories and apply what they have learnt to authentic solutions
  3. Engage in the process of scientific inquiry
  4. Apply critical and creative thinking to solve problems and create new knowledge
  5. Become more aware of ethical and moral issues related to scientific advances.
SST’s Talent Development Programme is based on the ‘Levels of Service’ (LoS) Talent Development Model by Donald Treffinger (Treffinger et al, 2008). The LoS model involves collaboration among educators, students, parents, and the community to ensure that every learner’s educational experience is appropriate, challenging and differentiated. LoS programming focuses on providing oppurtunities for uncovering, nurturing and celebrating students’ strengths, talents, and sustained interests, starting from what they are at.

LoS Talent Development Framework

Level I. Services for ALL Students
Opportunities that provide foundational skills and tools that help all students to discover and build their personal strengths and talents 

Level II. Services for MANY Students
Opportunities that invite students to engage in activities through which they can investigate their interests and verify areas in which they may demonstrate strengths and talent potentials.

Level III. Services for SOME Students
Opportunities that involve alternative learning activities for students to engage in rigorous and complex learning based on their demonstrated performance and documented needs in areas of strength and sustained interest.

Level IV. Services for SELECTED Students
Advanced opportunities that respond to the unique needs of individual students who have demonstrated outstanding ability, expertise, motivation and passion to learn in a talent domain or academic area.

Types of Activities
1. Effective Acceleration (Quizzes)

2. Appropriate Enrichment (1-hr Talks, 2-hr Workshops, Week-long Conference, Regular Courses)

3. Independence and Self-direction (Science/Engineering Research Competitions)

4. Personal and Social Growth (Local Learning Journeys, Local Camps, Global Citizenship Programmes)

5. Careers and Future Orientation (Internships)

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