Instill scientific curiosity...get inspiration from science.09 activities

KidsFest_1ascience.09, Singapore’s largest annual science festival, began a few weeks ago on 14 August with X-periment, a three-day mega science carnival at Marina Square Central Atrium. Using a charming, quirky mascot named Professor Why as the "mentor", this year’s theme was chosen to inspire Singaporeans to rediscover their curiosity about the world and encourage them to actively ask questions about why things happen the way they do in the world around them. science.09 offers a plethora of activities at various convenient venues around Singapore.

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Post-PSLE 2009: On aggregate scores and secondary 1 posting

WITH the release of the 2009 PSLE results, now on to selecting a suitable secondary school for your child assuming you did not opt for the Direct School Admission (DSA) process or perhaps your child did not make the cut-off score for securing the DSA spot. A child's posting to a secondary school is determined by his or her PSLE aggregate score of all four subjects. The aggregate is simply the total of the T-Scores (ie Transformed Scores) for each subject.  The secondary 1 posting exercise takes into account key factors like a student’s relative performance, the desired secondary school’s popularity and the number of secondary 1 vacancies available in that school. Check out also the MOE's Secondary One Posting Exercise.

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Inspire your child with a love for science! Ask Professor Why at science.09

thumbnail82x97YOUR child's curiosity about nature and the environment about them can get the better of you every now and then, especially when you may not know the answers! But look at it as an opportunity to inspire a love of science. Get them to experience science in action at an early age. Take them to visit science.09 - a month-long science festival jointly organised by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research and the Science Centre Singapore. The kick-off event was  X-periment!, a three-day mega science carnival at Marina Square Central Atrium between 14-16 August 2009. One of the highlights at X-periment! was a special performance by Dr Bunhead, also known as Dr Tom Pringle, from the United Kingdom.

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The verb helpers

VERBS may express action, a state-of-being, or simply be defined by the helping role it plays to another main verb (which may be an action verb or a state-of-being verb). Both action verbs and state-of-being verbs may stand alone and be the main verb in a sentence. For example: (1).  We are teaching you about main and helper verbs. ("are"-helping verb, "teaching"-main verb). (2). We are in Tower 2 of Suntec City. ("are" is now the main verb).

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"is cycling": Which is the verb?

THERE are three families of verbs. These include action verbs, state-of-being verbs and helper verbs. Earlier, we touched on action verbs. In this part of the story on verbs, we introduce state-of-being verbs. These perform a vital role in clarifying the current state of an action.

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