About School-Based STEM Research Support Activities

The series of School-Based STEM Research Support Activities aims to help students in generating research ideas for projects and honing research skills such as data analysis and scientific communication.

The activities are open to all secondary and pre-university students studying in Singapore schools (not inclusive of International schools). Limited spaces available and confirmation of registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

Find out more about each activity below!

  • C3 Webinar Series and Lecture: Data Analysis and Presentation

    C3 (Be Curious Be Creative Be the Change) Webinar Series

    This series aims to pique students’ curiosity about real-world challenges which Singapore is currently facing and inspire them to research creative solutions as positive changemakers. There are three STEM-related webinars as part of the C3 series. More details of each webinar can be found in the following table.

    Webinar 1: Sustainability and Green Living in Singapore
    Date:10 November 2021 (Wednesday)
    Time:2.30 PM – 3.30 PM
    Mode:Online (Zoom)
    Speaker:Dr Zhang Lili_ICES_ASTARDr Zhang Lili, Senior Scientist I, Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES), A*STAR
    Synopsis:Carbon negative and efficient energy recovery with sustainable processes that could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is among the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Therefore, resource and value recovery from the waste streams and developing processes and technologies with low GHG emissions to meet growing energy demand in a sustainable manner is of great significance. In this webinar, we will examine the challenges the world is facing, followed by some actions undertaken and ‘green’ processes with the focus on upcycling the waste to valuables, and how individuals can contribute to reduce environmental pollution and promote sustainable lifestyles.
    Webinar 2:Quantitative phase imaging microscope and augmented reality (AR) display technology
    Date:24 November 2021 (Wednesday)
    Time:2.30 PM – 3.30 PM
    Mode:Online (Zoom)
    Speaker:Dr Wang Qian_IMRE_ASTARWang Qian, Scientist III, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), A*STAR

    In this webinar, we will highlight the challenges, opportunities and promising optical design solutions of high-performance AR near-to-eye-glasses as well as the applications of Optical Microscope such as biological imaging and defect inspection.

    Optical microscopes have been widely used for biological imaging and defect inspection. The imaging field is a scaled replica of the specimen field in both amplitude and phase, while the phase is more sensitive than amplitude at the image plane relate to the optical property (thickness, refractive index) of the object. The traditional phase-contrast microscopy visualise phase shifts by transforming phase shift gradients into intensity variations, making it difficult to extract quantitative information. We have developed a quantitative phase imaging microscope, which can extract phase information for 3D surface profiler imaging with a vertical resolution of 10 nm, non-invasive label-free biological cells dry mass measurement, wafer defect inspection, etc. 

    Augmented reality (AR) systems have the ‘see-through’ function that allows the eyes to view the real-world image and accept the virtual image at the same time. They are expected to revolutionize the entertainment, healthcare, communications and manufacturing industries, as well as many others. Despite their promise, near-to-eye AR display devices have yet to be embraced in the marketplace. The main limitations to these devices are their relatively small effective field of view, nonuniform illuminance and rainbow effect. 

    Webinar 3:Intelligent Robotics and Automation for Next Generation Manufacturing
    Date:26 November 2021 (Friday)
    Time:2.30 PM – 3.30 PM
    Mode:Online (Zoom)
    Speaker: Mr Tan Chang Tat_ARTC_ASTARMr Tan Chang Tat, Technical Lead, Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC), A*STAR
    Synopsis:In this webinar, we introduce the “whys” and innovative “hows” to automation and robotisation in manufacturing. Processes and systems are increasingly becoming automated or robotised as the world moves into the next stage of manufacturing, characterised by high productivity and efficiency. Tedious, repetitive manual activities done by people can be replaced with smart automated systems and robots which can perform the jobs much faster and with no human error.
    Lecture 1:Data Analysis and Presentation
    Date:12 January 2022 (Wednesday)
    Time:3.00 PM – 4.00 PM
    Mode:Online (Zoom)
    Speaker:Dr Wulf Horbauer_Science Centre SingaporeDr Wulf Hofbauer, Researcher Mentor, Science Centre Singapore
    Synopsis:Analysis of experimental data lies at the heart of the scientific method. This lecture will discuss general approaches for doing so while taking into account random and systematic measurement errors. For communicating/discussing one’s research, effective presentation of key data and its analysis results is important. The lecture will therefore discuss some examples of data presentation, highlighting some potential pitfalls as well as the dangers of presenting data in ways that can be highly misleading. Priority will be given to students who are intending to submit projects for SSEF 2022. Interested teachers and other students may also join in if there is sufficient capacity.

    Thank you for participating in the webinar series and lecture!

  • Project Consultation Sessions

    Project Consultation Sessions

    Students can sign up, through their teacher mentors, to seek advice for their projects from a Project Consultant in one or more of the following areas:

    • Experimental Design
    • Analysis and/or Data Presentation
    • Writing of Report
    • Poster Design
    • Oral Presentation 


    Students who are interested to register for Project Consultation Sessions should approach their school’s SSEF Teacher Coordinator or teacher mentor.

  • Workshop: Effective Science Communication

    Workshop: Effective Science Communication

    Date: 2 March 2022 (Wednesday)

    Time: 3 pm – 4 pm

    Mode: Online (Zoom)

    Speaker: Dr Juliana Chan, Founder and C.E.O. of Wildtype Media Group

    Synopsis: Students will learn pointers on effective oral presentation skills and creating clear presentation materials to give impactful presentations of their research projects.


    Registration is now open! Click here or scan the QR code below to register for the workshop.

    SSEF Science Comm QR

    Priority will be given to students who are SSEF 2022 Finalists. Successful registrants will receive the login details for the workshop via email from the SSEF organisers closer to the date.