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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. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation



  • REQUIREMENTSSecondary Two Results4.0 GP for Biology3.6 overall GPAOthers: on a case-by-case basisProcedureSelection TestInterview (for some)Other RequirementsScience Mentorship ProjectOM-Tech Problem

  • RP vs RAHow is RA different from RP?More depth and breadth in curriculumDiscussion-based teaching styleMore opportunities for biology-related activities Varied RA assessments

  • SEC 3 CURRICULUMRP CurriculumHomeostasisRespirationPhotosynthesisEcologyMans Impact on the EnvironmentEvolutionAdditional RA TopicsKidney

    Photosystems I & II

  • SEC 4 CURRICULUMRP CurriculumFertilityCellular ReproductionGenomic BiologyGenetic BiologyGenetic EngineeringGenetically Modified Organisms

    Additional RA TopicsFoetal 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 STYLEAccelerated learningRP syllabus covered briefly in class to allow more time for RAAdditional handouts which delve deeper into topics coveredMore hands-on activities

  • TEACHING STYLEDiscussion-based and participationLessons are based on students input Sharing of ideas and opinions are strongly encouragedGroup research, then sharing through class presentations

  • TEACHING STYLESelf-motivated learningHardly any spoonfeedingMore opportunities to explore and research on your ownWHAT YOU TAKE AWAY IS BASED ON WHAT YOU PUT IN!

  • ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMESScience 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 investigationExpert-mentors from institutions e.g NUS, NTUComprises 2 main sections: Mentorship/attachment & project work, and participation in Youth Science Conference (YSC) in September

  • ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMESScience Mentorship Programme (SMP)Allows students to gain exposure to scientific research and investigation/experimentationTopics researched on in the course of doing the SMP project will most likely be relevant to the RA curriculumStudents are given the opportunity to work in laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art technologies and equipment

  • ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMESScience Mentorship Programme (SMP)Requirements:Aptitude in Math and ScienceInterest in scienceAbility to grasp abstract scientific conceptsMotivation and initiativeTime management skillsCommitment and disciplineIntellectual curiosityAbility to work with others in a teamSocial skills needed to relate to adultsRecommendation by a Science TeacherRecommendation by Head of Department (Source:

  • ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMESScience 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 institutionsUnsuccessful 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

  • ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMESCompetitionsNational Youth Envirolympics Challenge (NYEC)Organised in partnership with NEAAn amazing-race around Singapore, centered around encouraging youths to support the green cause

  • ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMES3-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 labGot a feel of what a research scientist does

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

  • ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMESScience TalksStem Cell Talk Series 2009 by Prof Lim Tit Meng at the Science CentreA series of 4 talks about stem cells and nerve growth factors, and its applications todayEvolution Talk by Dr Shawn Lum (from NIE)Enrichment on Evolution from Secondary 3

  • ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMESRA Class Project Mosquito Breeding SitesCollaboration with RI and NUS to study mosquito breeding sitesAim of the investigation was to find out which site in our school best favours the breeding of mosquitoPlaced 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


  • ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMESPlacing the mosquito traps in the Eco garden

  • ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMESMichelle and Michelle placing the mosquito traps near the basketball courts

  • ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMESJulia transferring mosquito larvae into tubes

  • ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMESOur mosquito larvae samples

  • RA ASSESSMENTSCreative assessment methodsHave RP as well as RA assessmentsNuture and develop your creative potentialEncourages insightful thinking

  • RA ASSESMENTSPen and Paper assessmentsAunt Agony column responseStandard pen and paper testClass presentationLab reportMaking productsBrochuresModelsPosters

  • RA ASSESMENTSGM Brochure in S3

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

  • Thank you for your kind attention!Any questions?