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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 Selection Test Interview (for some) Other Requirements Science Mentorship Project OM-Tech Problem. RP vs RA.

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Biology raffles academies

BIOLOGY RAFFLES ACADEMIES

a.k.a. B.RA


Requirements

REQUIREMENTS

Secondary Two Results

4.0 GP for Biology

3.6 overall GPA

Others: on a case-by-case basis

Procedure

Selection Test

Interview (for some)

Other Requirements

Science Mentorship Project

OM-Tech Problem


Rp vs ra

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


Sec 3 curriculum

SEC 3 CURRICULUM

RP Curriculum

Homeostasis

Respiration

Photosynthesis

Ecology

Man’s Impact on the Environment

Evolution

Additional RA Topics

Kidney

Photosystems I & II


Sec 4 curriculum

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)


Teaching style

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


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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


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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!


Activities programmes

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


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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


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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: http://www.gebsp.moe.gov.sg/SMP/index.htm)


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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


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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


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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


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ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMES

  • State-of-the-art lab at IMCB


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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


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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


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ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMES

Mosquito Traps


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ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMES

Placing the mosquito traps in the Eco garden


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ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMES

Michelle and Michelle placing the mosquito traps near the basketball courts


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ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMES

Julia transferring mosquito larvae into tubes


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ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMES

Our mosquito larvae samples


Ra assessments

RA ASSESSMENTS

Creative assessment methods

Have RP as well as RA assessments

Nuture and develop your creative potential

Encourages insightful thinking


Ra assesments

RA ASSESMENTS

Pen and Paper assessments

Aunt Agony column response

Standard pen and paper test

Class presentation

Lab report

Making products

Brochures

Models

Posters


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RA ASSESMENTS

GM Brochure in S3


More about b ra

MORE ABOUT B.RA

(insert BRA photo here and photos of teachers :D)


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