Inaugural Teachers Workshop
The Science Demonstration Laboratory, Department of Chemistry and Dow Chemical Pacific (Singapore) Pte Ltd collaborated to launch the inaugural NUS-Dow Surprising Science Teachers’ Workshop on 1 June.
The workshop was intended to provide teachers with a perspective of how science in industry has made a positive impact on society. A total of 30 teachers from 19 schools and junior colleges attended the one-day workshop which was held in the morning at NUS Department of Chemistry and in the afternoon at Dow Consumer Solutions’ Laboratory at Fusionopolis.
The morning saw the teachers performing a series of experiments involving soap bubbles, diaper chemistry and hydrophobic coatings. Undergraduates from the Young Educators in Science programme provided pointers and discussed with teachers ideas and materials for use in classroom teaching.
The industrial visit in the afternoon started with a presentation by Dow scientists on the various applications of silicone products. This was followed by a laboratory tour where participants went through demonstrations of industrial products such as in coatings, cosmetics, sealants, food packaging etc.
LI Xuanjun from Temasek Junior College said, “It is a good workshop as it allows teachers to get an exposure to what Dow Chemical and the industry are doing. The effort by NUS to promote Science and Mathematics to the public is commendable.”
Head of Chemistry Prof Richard Wong welcomed the teachers to the workshop and gave a brief overview of the Chemistry department
Ms Suiniaty Basirun, Country Manager of Dow Singapore, delivered the opening remarks
Mr Lim Kim Yong, Scientific Manager, Science Demonstration Laboratory, running through the day’s programme
From left: Ms Kow Sin Yee, Dow; Ms Carol Lim, Dow; Prof Richard Wong; Ms Suiniaty Basirun, Dow; Prof Chin Wee Shong, Department of Chemistry, NUS; Mr Paul Fong, Dow; and Mr Sean Nguyen, Dow
The teachers had a fun and enriching session of experiments and discussions on ideas for classroom teaching