Iron Science Teacher Competition 2006

Submitted by admin on 21 September, 2006 - 5:01pm. Categories: Messages

A public service announcement:


The inaugural Iron Science Teacher Competition was held in November 2005. It was also one of several activities held in commemoration of the International Year of Physics 2005 and the Centenary of Albert Einstein’s Annus Mirabilis (1905, the year in which he published his seminal papers). With the continued support of the Ministry of Education, the second running of this competition will be held on 15 November 2006.

Our Iron Science Competition is based on the very popular Iron Science Teacher programme run by the Exploratorium in San Francisco, USA. Their competition is based on the popular Japanese cooking game show, the“Iron Chef”. Their contestants compete to give “the most entertaining and informative science lecture” a short period after being given a “secret ingredient”. Past examples of the secret ingredient were dry ice, candles, ping pong balls, marbles, baking soda, tennis balls, a fruitcake, CDs, etc. That is, anything can be designated a secret ingredient.

Our competition aims to find local teachers with the flair that totally captivate their audiences. At the same time, we are looking for teachers who give creative and compelling science lessons. Of course, the principal objective is to give teachers the chance to try out creative teaching methods and share (with their peers) clever and novel teaching methods and ideas – all with the ultimate aim of planting these scientific concepts firmly into our students, and perhaps to inspire them to go on to careers in science. And, the chance to win a trip to the Exploratorium! Please look into our webpage, for the details of the competition – dates, times, registration, rules, contacts,prizes, etc. Posters will also be sent to your schools/institutions in the coming month.Thank you and hope to see you then.

PANG Kian Tiong
Project Co-ordinator