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1300 Plenary Session 1by Mr Wee Loo Kang Lawrence Educational Technology Division, MOE Sanctuary
Question and Answer Sanctuary


National Junior College is proud to host the 6th Singapore International Science Challenge (SISC) from 27 June - 1 July this year. SISC 2017 is an international competition, bringing together students and educators from around the world to engage in deep conversation on the latest research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), collaborate in problem-identification and innovating well-designed solutions, and to network to establish sustained partnerships that create unique entrepreneurial opportunities.

The theme for SISC 2017 is Connecting Minds: Discovering New Frontiers. Underpinning this theme is the creative use of technology to create a smart globe that transcends the status quo of our human condition. The advent of big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence, together with a range of robust computational methods all point to us being at the cusp of a critical breakthrough and transformation in the human condition.

We hope that you can join us in witnessing the creativity and innovation by our future generations and we would like to take this opportunity to cordially invite you to the SISC Opening Ceremony.

The details of the ceremony are as follows:

SISC Opening Ceremony
 on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 at 0830 - 1130 at the
Ngee Ann Kongsi Performing Arts Theatre,
National Junior College

Guespt-Of-Honour: Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation initiative.

Please let me know if you are able to attend the opening ceremony by 21 June 2017. The programme for the opening ceremony is attached.

In the event that you are unable to attend the ceremony, please let me know what time you will be arriving for the Educators' Symposium which is scheduled to start at 12pm. The symposium programme is attached for your reference.

Thank you for supporting and gracing the 6th Singapore International Science Challenge 2017!

Thanks to Allan for the kind invitation!

Event: 6th Singapore International Science Challenge (SISC)
Theme: Technology in Education

Date: 27 June 2017
Time: PM,
Talk Titled: Open Source Physics at Singapore.
Topic suggested by NJC: EJsS simulations
Participants: educators from 26 top science schools from 13 countries and all schools in Singapore
Venue: NJC Organiser: Singapore International Science Challenge (SISC) is a biennial international event conceptualised by National Junior College.

My proposed Abstract:

Open Source Physics at Singapore (OSP@SG) is a project by Singapore Ministry of Education which helps teachers bring real-world physics concepts into the classroom.

The programme is innovative in that it complements real-life experiments by providing interactive resources that help visualisation. The programme also has a function for mathematical modelling, where students’ ideas can be 'tested' or modelled and compared with real life or simulated data. It is accessible anytime, anywhere because students can run the programme on computers and mobile devices.

The talk will bring participants to access the website with 300+ open source and open educational digital resources that runs on their own mobile devices. There are apps and e-books on Android Playstore and Apple App Store that can download these resources for offline use.

Since 2012, MOE has been collaborating with schools¹ on OSP@SG, with positive feedback received on the project both in Singapore and around the world. Some benefits include enhanced students’ learning through the student-centric pedagogy where students learn to experiment like real life scientists using modelling and simulation. Students could better visualise, explore and discover abstract physics concepts through manipulation and modelling techniques. In addition, an interest-based learning community for the OSP@SG has been formed. This community include the many OSP experts namely, Professor Francisco Esquembre, Fu-Kwun Hwang, Wolfgang Christian, Felix Garcia and Douglas Brown and many more in the world who helped to develop the materials to sustain the community. By networking and learning with the experts, teachers in local schools are now taking greater ownership of the materials they author by either remixing the models or creating new worksheets to support the guided inquiry or modelling pedagogy afforded through OSP@SG.

The key message is ICT plays an integral role in preparing our students to be Future-ready Learners and as Future-ready Learners, students use ICT productively to deepen subject mastery and develop 21st Century Competencies.

¹ Anderson Junior College, Evergreen Secondary School, Hwa Chong Institution, Innova Junior College, Meridian Junior College, National Junior College, Raffles Girls’ Secondary School, River Valley High School, Saint Andrew’s Junior College, Serangoon Junior College, Victoria Junior College and Yishun Junior College.