Raffles Science Institute

What Our Subject is About


Raffles Science Institute (RSI) oversees and conducts science-related research, enrichment, and talent development for our students. We create varied and authentic learning opportunities beyond what the classroom can offer. There is something for any student; In some programmes students to conduct cutting edge research, or engage in a field they are passionate about, such as environment and sustainability. Other programmes offer short but enriching experiences. We also manage external research programmes, overseas attachments, run exchange programmes, and send students for camps and conferences, local and overseas.



What We Do To Develop Students' Interest/Abilities


Research Programmes

Research@Raffles, In-house research:

These are research programmes supervised by our teacher-research scientists. Their experience, collaborations with unique partners in other institutes, and thorough mentorship gives students a research experience unlike any other. The use of research labs within the RI campus give students great flexibility and convenience in planning their work. Research areas include the following:

Machine learning, speech recognition, Big Data. Environmental sciences and water remediation. Materials. Marine Biology.

RSI manages and guides students through research programmes offered by MOE and external organisations. These include: 

RWESP: Raffles Water and Environment Sustainability Programme.

This is a program that combines a multidisciplinary experience through weekly talks, field trips, chat sessions with industry experts, as well as a rigorous research programme into water and environment technologies.

 External research: SRP, NRP, YRP, R@YDSP


Competitions and conferences

Raffles Science Symposium (RSS)

Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF)

International Conference of Young Scientists (ICYS)

International Water Conference

Singapore Youth Water Conference (SYWC)



In these conferences, students have opportunities to present the fruits of their research work, interact with like-minded peers, and learn from esteemed judges hailing from academia and research industry. Some are international, and gives broad exposure and networking opportunities. We also organize conferences for students in Singapore to learn from experts an share ideas, especially in the vital area of water resources and sustainable technologies through SYWC



Elective workshops are conducted that makes learning fun. The hands-on learning experience are unlike any in the typical lab curriculum, and may range from exploring H2 topics more deeply, to touching on interesting applications of science. Some include the following:

Food science electives: The Art and Science of Ice Cream Making, Candy Making, Vitamins, Science of Cookies

Physics and Chemistry: Materials science, Organic Synthesis, Banana oil synthesis, Wind tunnel building.

Biology: Biology board games, Field trips to Southern Ridges, DNA Barcoding, Lac Operon, Corals and Marine biology.


Overseas attachment and Exchange programme

We oversee and nominate students for MOE overseas programmes such as OSAP to USA and Europe.

RI also has a standing partnership with Dillmann Gymnasium from Stuttgart, Germany, with an exchange programme in place. The students will have a unique and powerful experience through a 2 week homestay with their German counterparts and families, learning the culture at home and at school. A work experience/internship is built into the programme, allowing students to work with premier German companies gives an eye-opening opportunity of a lifetime.

While we are very proud of these programmes, we have unfortunately been unable to run it in 2020 and 2021.  However, we are keeping a close eye on the developing situation and will reintroduce these programmes as soon as we can.

What Our Students Say

“I liked everything :D the programme was a good introduction to water issues in Singapore and it was a very enriching experience. I also really like the research aspect because it gives me an idea of how to carry out research and what not to do in the future.”

- RWESP Research Student