Young Educators in Science (YES) sharing and MOE-Faculty Networking session
The annual YES certificate presentation ceremony was held on 23 October with a turnout of 150 invited guests, including Mr SIN Kim Ho, Director, Sciences Curriculum Planning & Development Division, Ministry of Education (MOE) and Prof LIM Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore. This year, 14 YES members who completed 60 hours of science communication activities, received their portfolios and certificates from Dean Prof SHEN Zuowei.
The event serves as a platform to generate students’ awareness of the YES programme, as well as to recruit potential YES members who will promote Science to the general public through workshops and demonstrations.
Dr HANG Kim Hoo, Principal of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science graced the event as the Guest of Honour. Dr Hang who has more than 30 years of teaching experience, shared his belief in Mathematics education : “Learn, Do and Use”. Through learning correctly, accurately, comprehensively and competently, it would enable one to explore and develop new knowledge and tools. This would eventually progress to using this knowledge to solve real-world problems. As Specialist Inspector and Senior Curriculum Specialist for Mathematics at MOE, he was instrumental in steering the advancement of Mathematics teaching and learning in Singapore.
The audience was impressed with the lively and interesting sharing sessions by YES alumnus, Benny NG and graduating member, Ernest TAN.
Ernest, now a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Physics, gave a brief presentation on his project “Seeing the Light”. Using an exhibit which he constructed to reveal the spectra of everyday light sources with simple spectroscopes, he explained the science of how our eyes see and interpret colours. This exhibit clinched the first prize during the Amazing Science-X Challenge competition in 2012.
Benny, currently a Science teacher at Chung Cheng High School (Main), joined the NUS Science Demonstration Laboratory in his third year of studies. At that time, the YES programme was in its infancy stage. Benny said, “YES gave me a sneak peek into the roles that a teacher plays in science education. It opened my eyes to the importance of good delivery to engage students in active learning. Conducting workshops and facilitating demonstrations during my YES days also taught me how to effectively communicate scientific ideas in simple, layman terms which can be easily assimilated by the learner. These are important skills a teacher must have, and they have improved my teaching proficiency.”
Benny added, “Teaching is hard work as much as it is heart work. Teachers must always remember that their responsibility is to teach, equip and prepare students for life after graduation.”
Guest of Honour, Dr Hang Kim Hoo shared his perspectives in Mathematics education
Benny shared the challenges and achievements of his teaching life
Ernest’s demonstration on “Seeing the Light”
YES staff, alumni and members with Dr Hang Kim Hoo, Mr Sin Kim Ho and Prof Lim Tit Meng