NUS Science Summer Camp
The Science Summer Camp is organised by the NUS Faculty of Science to promote interest in science and technology among international students. This year, there were a total of 137 students and 12 educators from 15 countries, amongst them India, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Indonesia, China, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.
A series of lectures including one on nanotechnology by Head of the Physics Department Prof SOW Chorng Haur and another on forensic science by Dr NG Ngan Kee from the Department of Biological Sciences, as well as a series of workshops provided the students insights into the Faculty’s research focus areas.
The students also had fun making their own chocolate mousse and “dry-ice cream” at the gastronomy workshops conducted by Dr Linda SELLOU from the Department of Chemistry. Through these, they discovered the chemistry concepts behind modern cooking.
The microscopy workshops led by the Young Educators in Science (YES) members allowed participants to try out the Scanning Electron Microscope to look at microscopic samples. They also had the opportunity to construct their own mini spectroscopes and smartphone microscope cameras!
The students also visited the Science Demonstration Laboratory and the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum.
Nerissa AUMENTADO, teacher, Southville International School, said, “As a teacher, I learnt so much in the sessions. I now know why NUS is the top university in Asia. More than the advanced facilities you have, it’s the Faculty that makes it highly desirable to study and stay in NUS.”
Yuki KAWAHARA, Stamford American International School, said, “The workshops were memorable for being interactive and cool, notably the Smartphone microscopy and demo lab sessions.”
Prof Sow Chorng Haur using simple demonstrations to illustrate how the scanning electron microscope “sees” sample surfaces
The participants enjoyed the chocolate mousse that they whipped up during the Gastronomy Workshop
YES members Joshua KWAN and KWOK Pei Shan patiently guided participants to make their own smartphone microscope lenses