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Science Research Programme


To develop Anderson Secondary School into a premier centre for science research & development to serve the school and the zone.


Life Science and Biomedical Research is the fourth pillar of the Singapore economy. With an eye towards the future, Anderson has identified Science Research and Innovation as its niche area since 2000. Every subsequent year has seen more achievements made by the students groomed in this area. In recognition of this, Anderson was awarded the status of Centre of Excellence for Science Research. To further enhance our strengths in this area, a level-wide Science Research Project (SRP) was incorporated into the secondary two science curriculum in 2005. This has equipped all our students with the knowledge and understanding of life sciences and their effects on the world around us. The Science Specialist Programme was established in 2007 to nurture young scientists to undertake cutting-edge life science research in the school.


Features of Science Research Programme

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Research Skills

  • Science lessons introduce and
    re-enforce the Scientific Inquiry processes.
  • Science projects at every level allow
    students to read and research on a wide variety of topics.
  • SRP provides the platform for
    students to explore their interest in research, sharpen their research
    skills and practice working in teams.

Communication Competency

  • Oral fluency is enhanced through
    discussions and class presentations.
  • ICT skills are encouraged during
    literature research, referencing and powerpoint presentations.
  • Writing skills are polished through
    scientific reporting and essay writing.
  • Poster presentations provide
    opportunities for students to merging of creative and scientific skills
    to effectively create attractive visuals.
  • Students are given the opportunities
    to serve as facilitators in different activities and this develops
    their communications skills to a wide range of audience.

Leadership development

  • Working on research projects
    encourage students to speak up and take the lead in various aspects.
  • Students serve as guides and
    facilitators to younger students which develop their leadership
  • Senior science specialists act as
    mentors to their juniors and teach, advice and guide them.
  • Leadership qualities are enhanced and
    developed by involving students in planning, executing and reviewing
    many of the activities conducted throughout the year.

Immersion Opportunities

  • Students have opportunities to
    participate in exchange programmes with other schools in other
    countries such as the USA and New Zealand.
  • Availability of attachment
    opportunities with IMCB, A*STAR, NUS and selected organisations to
    train and expose students to the world of scientific research.

For The Students:


Basic Module:

Students attend a foundation course in Life Science and Research skills. Every secondary one student participates in a series of workshops to gain theoretical as well as practical knowledge. As an extended part of the secondary one science curriculum, the students are taught how to formulate the hypothesis and design experiments with the relevant set of variables.

Science Workshops for Students


Advanced Module:

Armed with the skills and knowledge acquired in the basic module, all the secondary two express students are involved in a year-long Science Research Project (SRP) as part of the science curriculum. Students will conceptualise, plan, carry out and present their scientific experiments.

Students with an aptitude and keen interest in science will be identified and selected to attend more advanced science research workshops. These students are the Science Specialists.

Science Research Project (SRP) – samples of students’ work
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Research and Development (R&D):

Upper secondary science students are offered opportunities for attachment to various institutions involved in science research.

Science Specialists work in research teams to design and conduct experiments to take part in science competitions. They are also trained to be facilitators and mentors in various science department activities. More able students will be able to participate in the national level Science Mentorship Programme (SMP).

DSC_1299 Centre for Excellence Activities

Here at Anderson, as a centre of excellence for science, a wide range of activities are conducted every year. Science workshops are conducted for students as well as teachers from the cluster. Conferences in which students at various levels (primary and secondary) pit their skills in scientific research have been planned and held at Anderson for several years. The science learning stations in Anderson are also open for other schools to use and science trails have been organized for other schools as part of the outreach program.

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Science Inquiry Workshop for Teachers Science Fair @ Anderson

Other school students using the learning stations


  • Thematic workshops with emphasis on developing
    students’ interest in scientific research and Life Science
  • Cluster/Zonal competitions (Elementz, Science Trail
Schools & Junior Colleges
  • Cluster Life Science/Science Enrichment workshops
  • Cluster/Zonal conferences and competitions (e.g.
    Innovation, Design and Engineering Competition Series)
  • Facilities and resources opened to cluster schools
  • External partners for mentoring students’ projects
  • North Zone Elementz Conference (with AJC)
  • Teacher Work Attachments (TWA)
Development (Teachers)
  • Science workshops for teachers
  • Professional sharing with other schools
  • Overseas learning journeys for Science teachers (e.g
    New Zealand and Australia)
  • Teacher Work Attachments (TWA)

Science workshops conducted for students from cluster schools

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International Collaborations Teacher Work Attachment @ Anderson

Learning Stations – Physics

Buckle your seat belt… ready, get set, GO!

Expect life to be on an expressway at Anderson Science Department, be it marvelling at the intricacies of the operation of a Ferris Wheel or the aerodynamics of flight.


Watch how Andersonians are ‘lifted’ to greater heights as their knowledge soars beyond the traditional boundaries of textbooks.


Learning Stations – Chemistry

Elements of life!

Studying the Periodic Table can never be boring if you grab opportunities to get up-close with our gigantic fixture. All you need to do is to stretch your hands to explore this interactive fixture and nuggets of facts will (literally) be at your fingertips.

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Molecule tables and chairs

Learning Stations – Biology

Our hidden treasure cove

A typical fish tank?……. Stop, take a closer look and you will detect vibrancy instituted in a self-sustaining aqua-habitat.


Looking through the lens of life!
Zoom in and allow the amazing truth of genetics to be unveiled right before your eyes!


Research Facilities

Our doors are ajar, what are you waiting for? Step in for a close-up view of our research laboratories and experience the intensity of research!

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Achievements in Science





  • 14th ElementzScience Research Conference & Exhibition
  • 12th ElementzScience Project Competition & Exhibition
  • AJC Science Challenge
  • Engineering Innovation Programme by RP

1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
1 Gold, 1 Silver
1 Bronze
Top 3 Outstanding Project


  • 15th ElementzScience Research Conference & Exhibition
  • 13th ElementzScience Project Competition & Exhibition
  • National Science Challenge 2014
  • Science Mentorship Programme (SMP)
  • Shell Singapore Youth Science Festival
  • Singapore ArtScience Prize 2014

2 Bronzes
3 Silvers
2 Merits
Most Creative Design
Best Team Prize, Best Prototype Prize


  • 16th ElementzScience Research Conference & Exhibition
  • Fuel Your School – STEM @ Central Singapore
  • VJC East Zone A*STAR Science Fair
  • Science Mentorship Programme (SMP)
  • Singapore Junior Chemistry Olympiad
  • NYP Science & Technology Challenge

1 Gold, 1 Silver
Most Popular Roller-Coaster (Top 10)
1 Merit
1 Distinction
2 Bronzes
$2nd runner-up in the Balloon-Powered Vehicle category