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INS2104 - Pollution Experiments Using Ecotoxicology Biomarkers for Schools

  • This course combines project-based learning that integrates biology and chemistry in experimental field studies on ecotoxicology, and collaboration with a Singapore government agency (NParks) in a citizen science programme. Participants (teachers with their pupils) will experience the rigour of content-based research through authentic experimental protocols used in field bio-monitoring associated with environmental health indicators.

    Learning Dimensions:

    • Deepening Knowledge and Practice in Academic Curriculum
    • Deepening Knowledge and Practice in Student Development Curriculum
    • Learning as a Team
    • Understanding and Engaging Our Community
    1. To provide Secondary science (and higher level) teachers with resources on an experimental approach to Project Based Learning and field studies;
    2. To equip teachers with the knowledge to conduct pollution bioassays in field and classroom experiments;
    3. To assist teachers in facilitation of project work pertaining to Citizen Science experiments using readily available local invertebrates, low cost materials and apparatus at schools/NIE.
  • Participants will be provided an overview of current state of the science in ecotoxicological lab based experiments using local green mussels and other invertebrates. Hands-on activities include experimental protocols in laboratory-based bioassays using heavy metals as pollutants. Organismal responses to pollutants will be observed, including molecular, biochemical (blood biochemistry) and cellular biomarker assays, physiological assays, and lethal toxicity bioassays. Short 24h experiments will be conducted, followed by data collection and analyses exercises. Finally, participants will be able analyse collated class results of their experiments. The workshop will also include support for facilitating teachers in students’ project work at schools.

  • Secondary/ JC Science Teachers

  • Teachers should have a BSc Degree majoring in Biology or Chemistry

  • Date : 15 - 17 November 2017
    Time : 9.00am to 6.00pm
    Venue : National Institute of Education, 1 Nanyang Walk, S (637616), exact room to be advised.

    Note: NIE reserves the right to change or cancel the course due to unforeseen circumstances.

  • $386.20 for MOE participants and $2055.40 for non-MOE participants (inclusive of GST and $1 copyright fee).

  • 17 November 2017
    Applicants will be notified of the results of their applications via e-mail.

  • E-Register here.

    *All information will be kept confidential and used for internal administration only.

  • Please read the instructions below carefully before completing the application form.

    Upon confirmation, payment is required for all courses. Payment should only be made after the course placement letter has been sent to participants to confirm the application. Cancellations/withdrawals are not allowed. However, a replacement may be sent to attend the same course.

    Payment through GIRO/IFAAS
    NIE will proceed to invoice the respective schools, and they can make payment through GIRO or IFAAS. The amount payable should be credited into the NIE bank account number 518-041272-001.

    Payment by Cheque
    Please submit the cheque together with the application form. Cheque should be made payable to “National Institute of Education” and participant(s)’ name and course(s) clearly indicated on the reverse of the cheque.

    Please mail to:
    Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning
    National Institute of Education 1 Nanyang Walk, S (637616)
    Attn: Ms Nur Shafiqah

    Notification
    NIE will acknowledge receipt of the application form through email within one week. The course placement letter will be emailed to applicants who have been successfully placed in a course and upon course confirmation.

    Instructor
    Please note that NIE reserves the right to replace an instructor for a course if the lecturer is unable to teach the course due to unforeseen circumstances. No refund of the course fee will be made to participants.