Science Teachers Association of Singapore
The Science Teachers Association of Singapore (STAS) was officially registered in November 1965. It was founded by a group of enthusiastic science teachers led by the late Mr Sng Yew Chong. Past Chairmen included Mr John Yip, Mr Wee Heng Tin, Dr Ang Wai Hoong, Mrs Carmee Lim, Miss Kan Sou Tin, Mrs Lim Chye Tin.
Advisors to the Association included professors from the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technology University; and the Directors of Singapore Science Centre and the National Institute of Education.
Since its inception, STAS has organised numerous courses, workshops, seminars and field trips (local & abroad) and these have benefited a large number of educators and students. It has also published guidebooks and handbooks, which gave very useful tips to the teaching of science and mathematics at various levels.
STAS works collaboratively with the Ministry of Education, the Singapore Science Centre, the National Institute of Education and various affiliated Science Associations under the umbrella of the Singapore National Academy of Science. Some of the activities organised annually are the Singapore Youth Science Festival, the Young Scientist Badge Scheme, the QUESTA Club and the Science Teachers of the Year Awards.
STAS is honoured to be nominated by the Ministry of Education to receive the Singapore Excellence Award 1998 on behalf of all science and mathematics teachers in Singapore for their excellent performance in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study.
Academy of Singapore Teachers
The Academy of Singapore Teachers (AST) was set up to spearhead the professional development of MOE staff. AST together with the other teacher academies aim to build communities of practice for like-minded professionals of subject disciplines, for teachers to come together and learn from one another, developing stronger camaraderie and esprit de corps.
Apart from these dedicated teacher academies and language institutes, Subject Chapters in the Academy are set up as networked learning communities for teacher development and professional sharing for the respective subject disciplines, focusing on subject mastery and pedagogical content knowledge.
The Academy of Singapore Teachers, subject chapters, teacher academies and language institutes will work in synergy to foster a stronger teacher-led culture of professional collaboration and professional excellence, to bring the teaching fraternity to a higher international standing.
Science Centre Singapore
Science Centre Singapore, a non-formal educational institution and leading regional Science Centre, along with its group of attractions, brings out the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through its unique blend of exhibitions, educational programmes and events. A custodian of creativity and innovation, Science Centre Singapore has captured the evolution of scientific developments for nearly four decades.
The Centre and its partners have played a pivotal role in transforming the way students and the public interact with and learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Since 1977, the Centre has welcomed over 30 million visitors and inspired them with more than 1,000 exhibits spread across 14 exhibition galleries and outdoor exhibition spaces.
The Centre’s group of attractions include Omni-Theatre, Butterflies Up-Close, Snow City and KidsSTOP™. The Omni-Theatre is an immersive dual-technology edutainment destination fitted with Southeast Asia’s largest seamless dome screen and featuring the latest and brightest 8k digital fulldome system in the world. Snow City is Singapore’s only permanent indoor snow centre offering an Arctic inspired experience at Singapore’s first ice gallery and snow chamber. KidsSTOP™ - Where every child gets to Imagine, Experience, Discover and Dream - is Singapore’s first children’s science centre offering an enriching experience through purposeful play for children aged 18 months to 8 years.
Curriculum Planning and Development Division
The Science Unit, within the Curriculum Planning and Development Division (CPDD) of the Ministry of Education (MOE), develops syllabuses, programmes and resources to support schools in science teaching and learning, from the Primary through the Secondary to the A levels. The syllabi are developed in consultation with various stakeholders including schools and the Institutions of Higher Learning. Following the approval of new or revised syllabi, the unit conducts stringent review and authorise Science textbooks and related materials, such as activity books or workbooks for use in primary and secondary schools. Besides, we also participate in research projects to monitor curriculum implementation as well as study emerging trends and developments in science to inform curriculum design and practice.
To support teachers in curriculum implementation, the unit work closely with partners such as the Academy of Singapore Teachers (AST), the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Science Centre Singapore and the institutes of higher learning (NUS, NTU, NIE) to provide opportunities for both teachers and students in the teaching and learning of Science. Some of these include professional development courses to equip and update teachers’ skills in content, pedagogy and assessment as well as research and enrichment programmes to engage our students’ interest in Science.
National Institute of Education
The Natural Sciences and Science Education Academic Group integrates several science content and pedagogical disciplines with a strong multidisciplinary approach to teaching and research. With this integration, disciplinary barriers between the sciences and related pedagogies are removed to pave the way for greater interaction and teamwork among academics and students alike. The Group comprises academics in the fields of Biological sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Science Education, Design & Technology Education and Family Consumer Science Education.
Research by biologists, chemists and physicists in the Group is centred on many areas of current cutting-edge science such as agro biotechnology, plasma physics and, chemical synthesis and materials science while the science educationists focus mainly on maximizing the potential of every child with research on students' learning approaches, problem-solving skills. There is also a focused research in developing new pedagogies in the teaching of the new sciences such as molecular biology and nanoscience’s.
Academy of Principals (Singapore)
The Academy of Principals (Singapore) is a professional body that partners the Ministry of Education and the National Institute of Education to provide support for Singapore school principals as they lead schools into a new and exciting era of educational changes. It also serves as a platform for our school principals to reach out to local and overseas colleagues from affiliated associations, institutions of higher learning, corporate and industry partners to share ideas, debate issues and discuss policy initiatives, all of which will contribute toward building sustainable leadership through strong and mutually-beneficial networks.
Singapore Association for the Advancement of Science
The Singapore Association for the Advancement of Science (SAAS) is a constituent member of the Singapore National Academy of Science. The Association works closely with the Singapore Science Centre, the Science Teachers Association of Singapore and other organisations for the cause of its objectives to promote the understanding of science and technology among the youth and the general public.