The Department of Physics
The Department of Physics aims to provide physics-related learning environment for students with the aim to develop their scientific literacy in preparation for their further studies or future career in fields related to Physics. It is also hoped that students will become lifelong learners in science and technology. In order to cater for learners’ diversity, we the Learning Circle mechanism in which teachers share and collaborate ideas and materials.
Junior Curriculum: Science (Physics)
The Department helps students to develop interest, motivation and sense of achievement in their study of physics so that they can appreciate the nature and development of physics, and an awareness of the applications of physics in the fields of science, engineering, technology and environmental protection.
Topics in our curriculum include Energy, Matter as Particles, Making Use of Electricity, Basic Force and motion, Heat and Gases.
In line with the HKDSE curriculum, students will learn the fundamental laws, principles and concepts in the study of physics and their applications in daily life, in addition to establishing the conceptual framework of Physics and a sound understanding of its methodology.
Outside the Classroom
Students are selected to take part in physics competitions such as the Physics Olympiad, ICAS and SSMSC. On top of that, students are encouraged take part in the Ocean Park Experience Days and the Visit to Hong Kong Observatory where they have the opportunity to put the theories they have learnt into practice.
The Department of Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry at TTCA is a group of passionate specialist teachers dedicated to encouraging and promoting passion-based learning in students. The Department helps students become proactive learners and develop their learning skills and scientific literacy through our learning strategies. Apart from acquiring the knowledge in Chemistry and its practical skills, students are expected to make rational and logical judgments by implementing their knowledge of Chemistry in daily life.
Junior Curriculum: Science (Chemistry)
Students will become proactive learners and excellent team players in their junior years experiencing and working as a group of scientists. In S.1, we focus on developing students’ learning interests and potentials in Chemistry through a series of practical lessons. In S.2, we encourage students to learn independently, deal with new situations, reason critically, think creatively, make informed decisions and solve problems. In S.3, students are given a chance to experience the NSS learning mode and to explore their potentials in Chemistry further.
With the HKDSE Chemistry curriculum as a stepping stone, students may engage in medical, health and environmental related programmes in their further studies. There are over 27 programmes available across universities in Hong Kong in which Chemistry is one of its admission criteria. Therefore, in S.4 - S.6, students will be well equipped with Chemistry knowledge and different technical and literal skills.
Outside the Classroom
TTCA students obtained the High Distinction and Distinction awards in the International Chemistry Quiz. They were also awarded High Distinction in the Secondary School Mathematics and Science Competition organised by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the 1st runner-up in Hong Kong Secondary School Cosmetic Formulation Competition (Cleansing Gel Group) organized by the City University of Hong Kong.
Their classroom was extended to Melbourne, where senior students engaged in a wide variety of activities and experiences securing the knowledge, including the conversation of animals and environment, they had gained in the classroom.
Junior and senior form students expanded their classroom to the local community. With the construction of the engineered wetland and channel shallow pond, they acquired the knowledge of converting organic chemicals in waste water into nutrients in the engineered wetland.
Our students teamed up with students of fellow schools under the Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong to represent Hong Kong in the International Tuymaada Olympiad (ITO) and the research projects in International Research School organised by the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). The Tsung Tsin Team achieved exceptional results in the ITO obtaining two awards in Chemistry and Physics respectively, and one award in Mathematics in the International Science Games.
The Department of Biology
The Department of Biology strives to:
provide students with plenty opportunities to explore and understand the nature of life;
help students learn and understand biological facts, terms, concepts and principles;
foster an objective attitude towards evidence, critical mind towards experimental results, and ability to conduct scientific studies in our students;
help students link the knowledge of biology to daily life; and
nurture students to appreciate the beauty of life and to cherish life.
Junior Curriculum: Science (Biology)
TTCA junior Biology is a vigorous yet enjoyable journey between ecosystems, the human body and cells. Pre-lesson tasks are followed by challenging in-class discussions and tasks which include reading and observation that offer students the chance to learn proactively and think like a biologist for a firm grip of biology concepts.
Introduction of e-learning platforms, Google Classroom and Nearpod promotes the proactive participation and self-directed learning in senior form students. Furthermore, students will be able to expand their knowledge and understanding in Biology, and gain the fundamental skills in learning through collaborative projects, self-directed studies, presentations, visits and field trips.
Outside the Classroom
Programmes for Students of Different Levels and Talents: Some of the projects may require senior students to work with junior students. Senior students will need to think, plan and teach, while junior students will need to work and learn throughout the course of the project. We have also worked with the City University of Hong Kong and the Ocean Park Conservation Fund closely on the project of rearing horseshoe crabs. Students with academic talents are supported to join lecture series by local universities and competitions such as Biology Olympiad (HK).
Self-directed Learning Projects and Workshops: Students will carry out the insertion of fluorescent gene into the bacteria and make them glow using pipetman, PCR machine, electrophoresis gels, bacteria cultures. Students will get to taste and be inspired by the power of modern technology firsthand.
From STEM to STEAM
The Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, ICT, English Language and Visual Arts work together to provide a diverse learning experience for students to foster problem-solving skills and entrepreneurship through STEAM lessons and activities outside of school. We provide students plentiful opportunities to integrate their knowledge and creativity into different projects in which they experiment by trial and error. Students are expected to develop generic skills which facilitate their lifelong learning under the guidance of teachers.
STEAM in TTCA is integrated into S.1 and S.2 science, computer literacy, visual arts and language lessons. In S.1, students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in the Engineering Design Process, which involves a series of thinking processes. They will do this by building models, conducting scientific measurements, and modifying products in the creation of bionic arms and microbe cultures.
Meanwhile, in S.2, students will take part in the STEAM program focused on aviation. They will engage in activities such as designing, building, and piloting airplanes using flight simulators. Throughout the curriculum, students will also develop their skills in analyzing, designing, optimizing, and refining robotics, IoT, and AI solutions to address real-life problems.
Outside the Classroom
TTCiAns have the opportunity to explore and develop an interest in STEAM outside of the classroom. In addition to regular lessons, students are given opportunities to go on career visits to airports and research labs, where they can meet with pilots and scientists. Senior students also have the chance to participate in various overseas learning trips to countries such as Australia, France, and Russia. More competent students who are interested in STEAM are trained to take part in regional and international competitions, such as the Drone Odyssey Challenge, the Hong Kong Student Science Project Competition (HKSSPC), the Hong Kong Secondary School Cosmetic Formulation Competition, and the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition.