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Professional Development Workshops for Teachers at Science Centre Singapore


 

Since 2006, we have been offering a variety of exciting workshops to a growing number of teachers. Our interdisciplinary workshops will provide you with hands-on activities and ideas which can be used to enhance your lessons in the classroom, or to enrich your own learning; while at the same time serving as a platform for bonding among teachers!

Interested in workshops? Check them out below!


Maker Educator

  

Maker Educator

The Maker Movement is taking the Education world by storm as an  excellent way to introduce self-directed hands on learning in STEM to students. If you want to set up a makerspace or start a maker club in your school but don’t know where to start, this course is for you.

The Maker Educator course is a comprehensive introduction to Maker skills and relate it to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). Participants will get a hands on common tools and techniques used by makers and brainstorm how these tools can be used in different learning environments for students.

Participants will walk away with an increased understanding of Maker culture and Maker Education, and also be armed with a set of tools that they can use in schools to engage students through making.

Programme:
Day 1: Design Thinking, STEAM, Cardboard modelling, 3D Design, 3D printing
Day 2: Laser Cutting, Electronics, Arduino and Makey Makey
Day 3: Programming, Prototyping Challenge
 
Dates (choose 1):
7-9 March 2017
16-18 May 2017
22-24 August 2017
Other (Special training can be arranged with a minimum of 15 teachers per group)
 
Fee: $300/ teacher (EXCL gst) (includes 2 tea breaks, lunch not included)
 
Interested? Contact schools@science.edu.sg or Kiruthika_ramanathan@science.edu.sg  
 
Suitable for teachers of all levels, staff developers, leaders of school systems

Learning by Making

In this 3 hour workshop, teachers will be introduced to the principles of constructionism – learning by doing – and go through two activities. The first activity – toy take apart – explores the predict, observe, explain cycle while participants understand the workings of a toy by taking it apart. The workshop will then explore how a tinkering space can be setup to encourage collaborative learning. This will be followed by a short collaborative project where participants build a structure together and learn to fail often, fail fast and learn quickly.  This is a great programme for team building!
 
Choose among the following topics:
1.       Make a simple robot with everyday materials
2.       Electronic art
3.       Interfacing with Makey Makey
4.       Chain Reaction machines

Fee: $95/ teacher (at Science Centre)  $110/ teacher (in school) . Min 10 teachers, Max 70 teachers
  
Interested? Contact schools@science.edu.sg or Kiruthika_ramanathan@science.edu.sg  
 
Suitable for teachers of all levels, staff developers, leaders of school systems


Workshops available throughout the year

We are excited to offer you some of our most popular workshops, available all year round.

 Venue Science Centre Singapore
 Duration 3 hours (9am – 12pm or 2pm-5pm)
 Min. No. of Participants 15 pax
 Max. No. of Participants 40 pax (unless otherwise stated)
 Cost Teachers from schools with Institutional Membership = $45 per person
Teachers from schools without Institutional Membership = $55 per person 

(Includes workshop materials, admission into Science Centre and light refreshments for a tea-break)


How to Register?

  • Gather a minumum of 15 teachers
  • Reserve a session by emailing us at least two months before the proposed workshop date.
    Please provide us with the following details:
    • Proposed date and time
    • Workshop title
    • Number of participant
  • Once your session is confirmed, be ready to have a fun and enriching time!

For further details and enquiries, please email us at teachers@science.edu.sg

 

List of Available Workshops

  • Chemistry in Cosmetics
  • Forensic Science: Every contact leaves a trace
  • Science of Ice Cream
  • Coffee CheMystery

Have other topics in mind? Contact us for more details.

Chemistry in Cosmetics

  
Chemistry in Cosmetics
Cosmetics have been used since Egyptian times, and the idea of using cosmetics to enhance one’s appearance has not changed since then. However, many of the cosmetics found commercially may contain harmful ingredients, thus bringing in the buzz on homemade cosmetics.

In this workshop, participants would get a chance to make and learn the science behind four different types of cosmetics; cold cream (emulsion), shower gel (gel), astringent (solution) and lip balm (balm).

Every ingredient in a cosmetic serves its purpose. Know their purposes and you will know the chemistry behind cosmetics.

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Forensic Science

  

Forensic Science: Every contact leaves a trace 
In recent years, many TV shows have popularised crime scene investigation. Just how much do these shows reflect reality? Forensic science involves many interdisciplinary sciences, all focused toward the solving of a crime.

Workshop participants will experience a sampling of various forensic science techniques such:

- Fingerprinting
- Detecting blood evidence
- DNA profiling
- Forensic entomology
- Ink Chromatography

It is always exciting for teachers to learn these techniques and add a forensic mystery theme to some syllabus components back in school.

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Science of Ice Cream

   

Science of Ice Cream
Everybody loves eating ice-cream. But have you ever wondered about the ingredients that go into making the perfect ice-cream? In this workshop, participants will learn more about the science behind each ingredient, and prepare their own ice cream using various freezing methods. At the end of the workshop, put your taste buds to the test and discover the ‘missing’ or ‘additional’ ingredient found in the ice cream made by your other teammates.

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Coffee CheMystery

       

Coffee CheMystery
Do you love drinking coffee? Do you want to know what makes a good coffee? Do you want to brew your own coffee? If you answer “yes” to any of those questions, then this is a workshop for you! In this workshop, you will learn more about chemistry of coffee; chemicals that make a perfect cup of coffee. You will also get to grind your own coffee beans and brew it into a delicious cuppa using several different methods, such as French Press, Turkish Coffee, Aeropress and Vacuum Siphon.
 Max. No. of Participants 25 pax

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