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The Applied Learning Programme (ALP)
INNOVATIONS IN SCIENCE &TECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAIN-ABILITY
Our ALP is anchored on cultivating students’ interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and developing their strengths and talents further to pursue careers in related fields in the future.
Modelling and simulation seeks to mould intellectually curious, inquiring and imaginative team players, problem solvers steeped in values with an interest in the application of the sciences and technology in the real world for sustainable living, work and play.
We hope to hone our students’ critical and inventive thinking skills, foster innovation and their ability to solve problems.
To this end, students experience the following suite of programmes:
Tier 1: In Secondary 1, all students learn basic coding and programming using Scratch 2.0, before applying their coding skills to programme robots (mBots). As a school in IMDA’s Digital Maker Programme, in Secondary 2, students engage in digital making using micro:bits to solve real-world problems on sustainability. Students can also look forward to an exciting line-up of learning journeys and experiential learning workshops to pique their interests in STEM, and explore STEM-related higher education and career opportunities.
Tier 2: Students who demonstrate strengths, talents and interests in ALP are offered opportunities to stretch themselves further by engaging in STEM-related workshops and represent the school in showcases and competitions.
The school partners the Information and Media Development Authority (IMDA), Home-Fix XPC, Dream Catchers and Singapore Science Centre, amongst other stakeholders, to broaden the ALP opportunities for our students to experience STEM learning in fun and meaningful ways.
Students will also get to learn about Computational Thinking (CT), comprising the four basic steps of Decomposition, Pattern Recognition, Abstraction, and Algorithm Design, as teachers integrate these steps meaningfully into teaching and learning.
Some highlights of past engagements:
As part of Science lesson, our Secondary 1 and 2 students experienced in-house workshops conducted by IMDA from 17 – 21 July 2017, where they learnt how to programme spheros and fly drones. Students also visited the Lab on Wheels buses during ALP lesson to check out and tinker with the latest cool and smart technology and gadgets.
Our students make use of 3D Modelling software and 3D printers as they explore and craft innovative solutions. In the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Marine & Offshore Challenge 2017 Competition, our students clinched prizes for Most Realistic Boat Award and Silver for boat performance with their 3D printed boat made at our in-house DEEP lab.
Two teams of students participated in Maker Faire 2017 (22 – 23 July 2017), where they showcased their robots conceptualised, designed and built by them. One robot could clear litter from water bodies, and another humanoid robot could serve drinks and play the fidget spinner. Both robots were the result of months of hard work, perseverance, innovation and resourcefulness. Two of our students were also interviewed by the Straits Times about their exciting work! Read about their interview here.
Our School Management Committee had a learning journey at Home-Fix XPC on 17 November 2017, where we learnt more about CT and how to integrate it into our curriculum in meaningful and substantive ways, as well as the maker education developments and trends. We then engaged in a digital making workshop using micro:bits, where we applied the 4 steps of CT in programming and built a tea brewer and egg-timer. It was an interesting and fruitful session that left us inspired to weave in CT and maker education into our teaching and learning.