Student Workshops

Explore ABE Singapore events and workshops below. New schools can visit the Introduction Guide and FAQ page to find out how to implement this in your school.

The student workshops can be implemented in a number of ways:

  • Teachers borrow the kits and conduct the programme on their own in school (complimentary).
  • Science educator from Science Centre conduct the programme in the school ($9 per lab per pax).
  • Science educator from Science Centre conduct the programme at Science Centre ($5 per lab per pax).
  • Students attend a planned ABE programme conducted by a science educator (please see below for more information).

ABE Express

ABE Express are condensed versions of the full ABE curriculum, usually conducted over 1–2 days. These workshops are conducted in Science Centre Singapore. There are 3 options—ABE Express Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced—to cater to different age groups and learning abilities.

ABE Express: Genetic Engineering Beginner | Sec 1 to Sec 2 | 1 day | $20

Sec 1 to Sec 2
$20 (Inclusive of GST)
1 day

9.30am to 4.00pm (includes lunch break; food not provided)

Have you wondered how human insulin is produced in the lab? This is done by genetically engineering bacteria to produce insulin. Since its innovation in 1973, genetic engineering has been applied in many fields such as producing genetically modified food, genetic treatments, and medicines. Come and learn the basics of genetic engineering!

Objectives: 

  1. Learn how genetic engineering can be used to treat genetic diseases such as diabetes.
  2. Learn micropipetting techniques. 
  3. Understand what happens during restriction digest and ligation through a paper activity. 
  4. Understand how DNA is analysed through a technique known as agarose gel electrophoresis.
  5. Conduct a bacteria transformation experiment using the heat shock method.
  6. Learn more about the applications of genetic engineering.
ABE Express: Genetic Engineering Intermediate | Sec 3 to Sec 5 | 1.5 days | $30

Sec 3 to Sec 5
$30 (Inclusive of GST)
1.5 days

Day 1: 9.30am to 4.00pm / Day 2: 9.30am to 12.30pm (Includes lunch break; food not provided)

Have you wondered how human insulin is produced in the lab? This is done by genetically engineering bacteria to produce insulin. Since its innovation in 1973, genetic engineering has been applied in many fields such as producing genetically modified food, genetic treatments and medicines. Come and have a first-hand experience of conducting these authentic biotechnological experiments used by researchers around the world!

Objectives:

  1. Define genetic engineering and recombinant DNA cloning. 
  2. Learn micropipetting techniques. 
  3. Perform an experiment on recombinant DNA cloning including digestion of DNA with restriction enzyme, ligation of desired vectors, bacteria transformation, selection for transformed bacteria, agarose gel electrophoresis#, and purification of protein product using column chromatography#
  4. Learn more about the applications of genetic engineering. 
  5. Explore different perspectives on the effect of genetic engineering. 

* Also available as a 1-day workshop upon request. Items with # will not be covered for 1-day workshop.

ABE Express: Genetic Engineering Advance | JC1–JC2/tertiary level | 2 days | $35

ABE Express: Genetic Engineering Advanced

JC1–JC2/tertiary level
$35 (Inclusive of GST)
2 days (Both days are not consecutive)

Day 1: 9.30am to 5.00pm / Day 2: 9.30am to 4.00pm (includes lunch break; food not provided)

Have you wondered how human insulin is produced in the lab? This is done by genetically engineering bacteria to produce insulin. Since its innovation in 1973, genetic engineering has been applied in many fields such as producing genetically modified food, genetic treatments, and medicines. Come and have a first-hand experience of conducting these authentic biotechnological experiments used by researchers around the world!

Objectives: 

  1. Define genetic engineering and recombinant DNA cloning. 
  2. Learn micropipetting techniques. 
  3. Perform an experiment on recombinant DNA cloning including digestion of DNA with restriction enzyme, ligation of desired vectors, bacteria transformation, selection for transformed bacteria, agarose gel electrophoresis#, purification of protein product using column chromatography#, and colony polymerase chain reaction#.
  4. Learn more about the applications of genetic engineering. 
  5. Explore different perspectives on the effect of genetic engineering. 

* Also available as a 1-day workshop upon request. Items with # will not be covered for 1-day workshop.

ABE: Developing a Scientist's Mind

Secondary level
5 sessions of 3 hours each (Total 15 hours)
A minimum 1-day gap is required between Sessions 4 and 5. An optional Session 6 is also available upon request to allow students to present their work.

Over the course of history, scientific research has enabled humans to investigate the world around us and solve problems. How do scientists conduct research? Join us as we apply the scientific method in this problem-based learning (PBL) workshop to design and conduct your very own genetic engineering experiment! This workshop can be conducted in Science Centre Singapore or in your school.

Learning Objectives & Pre-requisites
Objectives: 
  1. Engage problem-solving skills to investigate a case study. 
  2. Learn molecular biology techniques such as micropipetting*, agarose gel electrophoresis, and bacteria transformation.
  3. Learn and apply the scientific method to design an experiment.
  4. Conduct a self-designed laboratory experiment.
  5. Learn to review experimental methodology, analyse results, and draw conclusions.   
  6. Explore different perspectives on the effect of genetic engineering.

* Prior knowledge of micropipetting techniques is encouraged but not necessary.

 

Before attending this workshop, students should have:
  1. Prior understanding of the following:
    1. The structure of DNA and its importance
    2. The relationship between DNA, genes, proteins, and traits, or; 
  2. Attended one of the following DNA Lab workshops at Science Centre Singapore:
    1. DNA: Cracking the Code of Life
    2. DNA & Life
    3. Genetic Diseases