After a well-received event last year and currently in its second year running, the Nature Explorers’ Programme 2010, organized by the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, attracted 297 students from 30 participating schools. Launched on 5 Aug 2009, the programme is supported by the West Zone of Excellence for Science and Technology at River Valley High School, and sponsored by ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. The aim of the programme is to cultivate an interest for science and nature among students, on top of developing their scientific and creative thinking abilities.
Once again, the best 30 nature explorers were given the exciting opportunity to join a four-day field study camp at Malaysia’s Pulau Tioman from 7 to 10 Sep 2010. Snorkeling around coral reefs, walking on intertidal shores and wading in freshwater streams, the young explorers had a fulfilling experience learning about various habitats and the organisms found in them. At the end of their stay, the explorers were also exposed to some field research methodologies and embarked on a research topic of their own interest. Detailed story on the field study camp is available at this blog entry.
Excited nature explorers on a boat ride heading towards a snorkeling site to learn about the coral reef ecosystem. [Photograph by Ron Yeo]
More photos can be viewed here.
By Soo Wai Kit.