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BIOLOGY RAFFLES ACADEMIES a.k.a. B.RA. REQUIREMENTS Secondary Two Results 4.0 GP for Biology 3.6 overall GPA Others: on a case-by-case basis Procedure.

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2 REQUIREMENTS Secondary Two Results 4.0 GP for Biology 3.6 overall GPA Others: on a case-by-case basis Procedure 1. Selection Test 2. Interview (for some) Other Requirements Science Mentorship Project OM-Tech Problem

3 RP vs RA How is RA different from RP? More depth and breadth in curriculum Discussion-based teaching style More opportunities for biology-related activities Varied RA assessments

4 SEC 3 CURRICULUM RP Curriculum Homeostasis Respiration Photosynthesis Ecology Mans Impact on the Environment Evolution Additional RA Topics Kidney Photosystems I & II

5 SEC 4 CURRICULUM RP Curriculum Fertility Cellular Reproduction Genomic Biology Genetic Biology Genetic Engineering Genetically Modified Organisms Additional RA Topics Foetal screening (e.g. amniocentisis) Statistical analysis (chi-square test), Epistasis, Collaboration, Complementary genes, Pleiotropy, x inactivation Regulation of gene expression of lac and ara operons Gene technology (DNA probes and hybridisation, Northern, Southern, Western, Southwestern blotting)

6 TEACHING STYLE Accelerated learning RP syllabus covered briefly in class to allow more time for RA Additional handouts which delve deeper into topics covered More hands-on activities

7 TEACHING STYLE Discussion-based and participation Lessons are based on students input Sharing of ideas and opinions are strongly encouraged Group research, then sharing through class presentations

8 TEACHING STYLE Self-motivated learning Hardly any spoonfeeding More opportunities to explore and research on your own WHAT YOU TAKE AWAY IS BASED ON WHAT YOU PUT IN!

9 ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMES Science Mentorship Programme (SMP) An attachment programme under which students, under the guidance of an expert-mentor (e.g. professor, doctor) carry out scientific research and investigation Expert-mentors from institutions e.g NUS, NTU Comprises 2 main sections: Mentorship/attachment & project work, and participation in Youth Science Conference (YSC) in September

10 ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMES Science Mentorship Programme (SMP) Allows students to gain exposure to scientific research and investigation/experimentation Topics researched on in the course of doing the SMP project will most likely be relevant to the RA curriculum Students are given the opportunity to work in laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art technologies and equipment

11 ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMES Science Mentorship Programme (SMP) Requirements: Aptitude in Math and Science Interest in science Ability to grasp abstract scientific concepts Motivation and initiative Time management skills Commitment and discipline Intellectual curiosity Ability to work with others in a team Social skills needed to relate to adults Recommendation by a Science Teacher Recommendation by Head of Department (Source:

12 ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMES Science Mentorship Programme (SMP) Selection Process: Submission of a research proposal (Nov) Based on topics proposed by the individual or by various expert-mentors from different institutions Unsuccessful applicants are to reapply, and a new list of research topics proposed by expert-mentors will be released (January) Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis

13 ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMES Competitions National Youth Envirolympics Challenge (NYEC) Organised in partnership with NEA An amazing-race around Singapore, centered around encouraging youths to support the green cause

14 ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMES 3-day attachment at Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) Learnt lab techniques (eg: Gel Electrophoresis, Polymerase Chain Reaction) Worked in a state-of-the-art lab Got a feel of what a research scientist does

15 ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMES State-of- the-art lab at IMCB

16 ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMES Science Talks Stem Cell Talk Series 2009 by Prof Lim Tit Meng at the Science Centre A series of 4 talks about stem cells and nerve growth factors, and its applications today Evolution Talk by Dr Shawn Lum (from NIE) Enrichment on Evolution from Secondary 3

17 ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMES RA Class Project – Mosquito Breeding Sites Collaboration with RI and NUS to study mosquito breeding sites Aim of the investigation was to find out which site in our school best favours the breeding of mosquito Placed mosquito larvae trap in different sites around the school (Koi Pond, Eco Garden, J-Block Basketball Courts) Every Tuesday and Thursday, the class will count the number of larvae in each trap


19 ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMES Placing the mosquito traps in the Eco garden

20 ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMES Michelle and Michelle placing the mosquito traps near the basketball courts

21 ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMES Julia transferring mosquito larvae into tubes

22 ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMES Our mosquito larvae samples

23 RA ASSESSMENTS Creative assessment methods Have RP as well as RA assessments Nuture and develop your creative potential Encourages insightful thinking

24 RA ASSESMENTS Pen and Paper assessments Aunt Agony column response Standard pen and paper test Class presentation Lab report Making products Brochures Models Posters

25 RA ASSESMENTS GM Brochure in S3

26 MORE ABOUT B.RA (insert BRA photo here and photos of teachers :D)

27 Thank you for your kind attention! Any questions?

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