School of Science and Technology, Singapore

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School of Science and Technology, Singapore
அறிவியல் மற்றும் தொழில்நுட்ப பள்ளி, சிங்கப்பூர்
Sekolah Sains dan Teknologi Singapura
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1 Technology Drive
Singapore 138572
Type Specialised Independent
Motto Shaping Future Innovators, The SST Way
Established 1 January 2010
Principal Mrs Chan Mui Mui Linda
Age range 13 - 16
Enrolment 800
Language English, Chinese, Malay, Tamil, NTIL
Colour(s)              Red, Blue and Grey
School Vision A Global leader in Transforming Learning

The School of Science and Technology, Singapore (SST) is a specialised independent secondary school in Singapore, established in 2010.[1] It offers a four-year applied-learning curriculum [2][3][4] which leads to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE O Level examination. The school uses the Direct School Admissions (DSA) Exercise to obtain its cohorts with the application including a selection camp and several academic tests.[5] The institution is currently one of the eight schools in the FutureSchools@Singapore project.[6][7]


The School of Science and Technology, Singapore was set up with assistance from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP).[6]

The institution was first announced in Parliament by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam in March 2008, that a new specialised independent school with an emphasis on applied learning will be set up.[8][9] The inaugural SST Board of Directors meeting was on 3 March 2009 and was followed by the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Nanyang Technological University (NTU), NP and SST.[10][11][12][13]

SST was officially declared open by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on 13 April 2013.[14]


Initial admission to the SST is done via the Direct School Admission (DSA) which includes interviews, General Ability Tests (GAT), Comprehension Reasoning Tests (CRT) and selection camps. The school admits 200 students in the Secondary 1 cohort and up to 50 students at the Secondary 3 level each year. Extra slots are filled in by the Secondary 1 Posting for those who did not make it for the DSA Selected Posting.

A core part of the SST curriculum and learning experience is the focus on applied and interdisciplinary learning.SST seeks to broaden student's learning by cross-linking its scientific curriculum with other disciplines, allowing students to improve the world with the application of scientific knowledge, understanding the implications of scientific solutions and inventions including their effects on society. There are many partnership programs, many of which are held in conjunction with tertiary institutions such as Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Nanyang Technological University & Singapore University of Technology and Design

Secondary 1 and 2 students take regular subjects, such as English, Mother Tongue Language, Mathematics,[15] plus Information Communication Technology (ICT), Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) and Art, Design, Media & Technology (ADMT).

At Secondary 3 and 4, students continue the focus on applications with applied subjects such as Electronics, Computing, Design Studies and Biotechnology. These subjects are held together in conjunction with Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

All lower secondary students are required to take Interdisciplinary Research Studies (IRS) as well, which merges with Science in the second semester of Sec 2 to form ISS (Investigative Skills in Science).[16]

The SST experience also revolves around its extended curriculum, striving to develop holistic individuals. In addition to the Talent Development Program, other programs include its Global Citizenship Program, Service Learning and Student Leadership program.


SST students at a project discussion at Our Space

SST was temporarily housed at 5, Clementi Ave 6, for two years. The site was retrofitted with design studios, laboratories, places for collaboration and discussion, and a work display area. Certain facilities (e.g. laboratories) at Ngee Ann Polytechnic were also available for students' use.[17] SST moved into its current campus, which is located at 1 Technology Drive, near Dover MRT Station and Singapore Polytechnic in January 2012.[17] SST's new campus comprises four blocks, three of which form the main building on one side of the campus and a Sports Block on the other side of the field. The new campus's facilities include an "Info Hub" (Library), design and media studios as well as many specialised laboratories and classrooms.[18]


The school works in educational partnerships for attachments, internships, and special programmes with Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), DigiPen Institute of Technology, and Apple Inc.. Industrial partnerships include programmes in collaboration with A*STAR - Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), Exploit Technologies (ETPL), and the Defence Science Organisation (DSO) National Laboratories. SST is also part of the Strategic Alliance of Global Educators (SAGE) alliance, a professional network for educational institutions from different regions (America, Europe and Asia-Pacific).[19]

Co-curricular activities[edit]

The co-curricular activities offered by SST are listed below:

SST Robotics after winning at the VEX Robotics World Championship 2013

Talent Development Programmes[edit]

SST also has a Talent Development Programme (TDP) which develops students in various areas including academic subjects and leadership. Students are introduced to different levels of experiences based on their aptitude and interests. These include:

  • Math TDP
  • Science TDP
  • English TDP
  • I&E (Innovation and Entrepreneurship) TDP
  • ADMT (Art, Media, Design and & Technology) TDP

Key Outreach Events[edit]

The SST community is committed to not only striving academically but also serving the surrounding community and sharing their knowledge.

These include:

  • SST Primary School Outreach Program (STEAM Education)
  • SST Primary School Outreach Program (Digital Leadership & Cyber-wellness Engagement)
  • Cyber-wellness Student Ambassador Program (CWSAP)
  • SST Lab School (Educator development and sharing)
  • SST Tech Summit (Educator development and sharing)
  • Service Learning Programs


  1. ^ "New School of Science and Technology to Open in 2010". Ministry of Education Media Centre. 3 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "Wanted! - Innovative, Creative Individuals for School of Science and Technology". 19 Mar 2008. 
  3. ^ "School of Science and Technology sees big response to its style of education". xinmsn. 27 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Schools navigate Web of challenges". TODAY. 12 Jun 2012. 
  5. ^ "74 Secondary Schools To Participate In Direct School Admission Exercise". Ministry of Education Media Centre. 13 May 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "New School of Science and Technology to Open in 2010". Singapore: Ministry of Education. 2008-03-03. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Schools of the future". AsiaOne. 2 Dec 2009. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "New School of Science and Technology: Nurturing Inventive Minds". Ministry of Education Media Centre. 4 Mar 2008. 
  9. ^ "Ngee Ann Kongsi donates S$8.1m to School of Science and Technology". Channel News Asia. 29 Mar 2010. 
  10. ^ "SST Students to Benefit from NTU, NP Partnership". Ministry of Education Media Centre. 3 March 2009. 
  11. ^ "NTU signs MOU with the School of Science and Technology, Singapore, and Ngee Ann Polytechnic". NTU Media Reports. 3 March 2009. 
  12. ^ "New specialised school set to accept applica" (PDF). The Straits Times. 4 March 2009. 
  13. ^ "Where theories and innovation come alive" (PDF). TODAY. 4 March 2009. 
  14. ^ "First students from School of Science and Technology to sit O levels this year". Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  15. ^ "Special/Express Courses Curriculum". Ministry of Education, Singapore. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "SST Portal: Overview". Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  17. ^ a b "SST Portal: Our Facilities". Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  18. ^ "SST build new site to accomodate [sic] young entrepreneurs and create links with local community". World Architecture News. 4 Mar 2010. 
  19. ^ "Founding Members of SAGE". Retrieved 10 Sep 2012. 

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