The Science Center of Singapore (SCS) has all the bells, whistles and dinosaurs that you'd expect in a world-class science facility. As part of the Singapore Ministry of Education, both the center and its extensive enrichment programs are funded by the government and are free or low-cost for students (yes, I had a jealous moment). We visited one of the special enrichment programs, Science Ahoy!, as part of our visit.
How enrichment fits into the Singaporean STEM "Theory of Success"
Singaporeans are excellent conceptual model-makers. This slide shows how STEM enrichment (shown in arrows pointing to the central model) contributes to their Theory of Success.
This model impressed me because it shows a reinforcing loop between student's aspiration for STEM careers and a positive impact on the economy.
|The Science Center of Singapore's "STEM Inc." enrichment|
programs are valued aspects of its Theory of Success.
And...we are chewed up and spit out
Our visit to the Science Center included a trip through The Human Body Experience, a large, accurate, educational body model. Let me tell you, there were some tight squeezes!
|Brave AAPS teachers start the exhibit by |
climbing into the giant mouth.
|Inside the interactive heart.|
|An unidentified AAPS staff person|
became stuck in the digestive system.
We rescued him safely.