Science Discovery Camp


Through interactive online classes and face-to-face workshops, participants will learn more about three disciplines of Science – Physics, Life Science and Chemistry – and how they apply in our day-to-day lives. Participants will also receive experiment kits so that they can follow the lecturers and build their own spectroscope.


In response to multiple requests from interested participants and parents, we have decided to run this as a face-to-face programme where students will be able to visit the spectroscopy labs and get a chance to operate equipment in those labs. The lectures that have been scheduled on Day 1 and 2 will still be conducted via Zoom. 


Workshop 1: Atomic Spectra and DIY Spectroscope

Fireworks are always a sight to behold. Have you ever wonder how the red, yellow, green and other colours come about? What are the special ingredients that produce these beautiful lights?

In this workshop, we will get build our own spectroscope and look at different components of light around us. The science behind why different light sources emit different light spectra will be revealed as participants look into the subatomic realm of the particles.

Workshop 2: Bioinformatics

How do scientists trace an organism back to its ancestors? How sure are scientists when they discover a new species? How was the first COVID-19 genome determined? With modernization and more advanced machinery available for Biology research, what are the tools that we can use to help us answer the questions we have about our world, and deal with the huge chunks of data coming in everyday from labs and experiments? 

Bioinformatics has become an integral part of modern life sciences, and it has become more relevant now than ever in the research and analysis process. Basing off concepts learnt in secondary school and high school, workshop participants will learn how to navigate and search for information on web-based databases, access and interpret the data on their own to learn more about DNA, RNA and proteins. They will also learn how to create a phylogeny tree to establish the evolutionary relationships between different organisms, as well as explore the role that bioinformatics plays in the society today, with COVID-19 as the subject of follow-up activities. 

Workshop 3: Mathematical modelling (of an epidemic)

Winning a fight against an epidemic requires a good grasp of what might happen as the disease progresses in the community. How many more infections do we expect after “circuit breakers” and “lockdowns” are imposed? When would it be safe again to go about our normal routine? How can Mathematics help us make reasonable decisions about the situation?  

Using some concepts and ideas from just high school Mathematics, workshop participants can learn how to simulate the different scenarios and gain insights into epidemic spread and control. They would also learn how to interpret and process available health data in light of the skills and knowledge they have gained during this workshop. 


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Who Should Attend

Students in Secondary 2/Grade 9/MYP 4 and above who are looking to learn more about Science.


Participants should have basic understanding of science concepts and are passionately curious to find out more. 

Programme Schedule


For enquiries, please contact us at

Mode of Delivery

3 half-days of face-to-face workshops and live lectures via Zoom.
Classes will take place at the Faculty of Science in the mornings from 9am.

Mode of Assessment

Individual Quiz.

Prof Koh Ming Joo

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry

Assistant Professor Koh Ming Joo is the first President's Assistant Professor who joined the Department. He graduated from Nanyang Technological University (Chemistry, First Class Hons) in 2012 before heading to Boston College for his PhD studies, under the supervision of eminent organometallic chemists Prof Amir Hoveyda and Prof Richard Schrock (Nobel Prize '05).

A recipient of several graduate awards, Assistant Professor Koh has co-authored several research articles in Nature and Science as a young researcher. He was one of the recipients of the NUS Inauguration Grant in 2019. At NUS Chemistry, his research has been published in reputable scientific journals, including Nature Catalysis, Chem and Journal of the American Chemical Society. Assistant Professor Koh’s current research focuses on developing sustainable and enabling catalytic solutions that address critical and unresolved problems in chemical synthesis by homogeneous base metal catalysis, heterogeneous single-atom catalysis and radical chemistry.


Prof Li Hao, Amy

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry

Assistant Professor Li Hao, Amy obtained her Bachelor degree in Biochemistry and Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the National Science Scholarship in 2008. She continued her PhD in Chemical and Systems Biology at Stanford University. She did her post-doctoral studies in the Molecular Engineering Laboratory, A*STAR Singapore under the supervision of the late Nobel Laureate Professor Sydney Brenner.

Assistant Professor Li’s research focuses on deciphering at a molecular level how microbial enzymes and their associated molecules structure the human environments they reside. In particular, she aims to define the functions of the microbial community in order to link human microbiome-associated diseases to targetable pathways and mechanisms. Her research has been published in reputable scientific journals, including Nature and Journal of the American Chemical Society.



Prof Seow Teck Keong

Associate Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

Prof Seow is an Associate Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences and the College of Alice and Peter Tan. He has been coordinating and teaching large classes with enrolments of 350 to 800 students per semester since 2003. The challenge of effectively managing the teaching and learning of not only a large number but also a large diversity of students every semester had motivated Prof Seow to explore the use of technology in education and investigate the impact of the utilisation of technology on learning.

He seeks to interact with as many of his students as possible and get them enthused about the scientific study of life. This desire of his to leave a lasting and positive impact on the lives of his students is also seen in the many long-lasting friendships forged with the residents of King Edward VII Hall during his many years of service as a Resident Fellow there.Since his joint-appointment at the College of Alice and Peter Tan from August 2014, he has been thinking about the value of residential living on learning.


Prof Sow Chorng Haur


Head of Department, Department of Physics

Prof Sow received a B.Sc. Degree (1st Class) in Physics from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1991.After spending two more years in NUS for research, he received a M.Sc. degree in Physics. He then went on to The University of Chicago and completed his PhD degree in 1998. During the period in 1999-2000, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Bell Laboratory, Lucent Technologies. He returned and joined the Department of Physics, NUS in 2001. He is now a Professor, Head of Department with the Department of Physics. He has authored and co-authored many papers in the field of nanoscience and nanomaterials.


Prof Tan Zhi Kuang

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry

Assistant Professor Tan Zhi Kuang studied Chemistry and Technology Entrepreneurship at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and received his Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) with a first class Honours in 2010. He earned his PhD in Physics at the University of Cambridge through the support of the prestigious Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) scholarship.

In 2014, he invented the first perovskite-based light-emitting diode, which possesses remarkable color performance and efficiencies, and has since attracted significant academic and commercial interest. His research has been published in reputable scientific journals, including Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Photonics and Advanced Materials, and has received an aggregate of 5,000 academic citations. His research inventions have also led to multiple licensed patents and two deep-tech startup companies in the advanced display technologies domain. His group aims to investigate the rich photo-physics of perovskite semiconductors and quantum dots, and seeks to develop advanced photonic devices for color displays and wearable electronics applications.



Successful participants who complete all requirements of the programme including passing the assessment will receive a certificate of completion issued by NUS SCALE.
Certificate of Completion

A sample of the Certificate of Completion. 



For enquiries, do contact us at should you have any questions regarding this programme.     


03 July 2023