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Applied Learning Programme (ALP)

What Is ALP?

Applied Learning is a Maker education approach to authentic and practice-oriented learning. The purpose of the Applied Learning Programme (ALP) is to help students appreciate the relevance and value of what they are learning in the academic curriculum with regards to the real world, and develop stronger motivation and purpose to acquire new knowledge and skills.

At Tampines Secondary School, our Applied Learning Programme (ALP) employs an active learning pedagogy through making to provide students with opportunities to explore and experiment with technologies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The programme aims to imbue students with a Maker mindset and equip them with the relevant knowledge and skills.

What Is ALP?

Applied Learning is a Maker education approach to authentic and practice-oriented learning. The purpose of the Applied Learning Programme (ALP) is to help students appreciate the relevance and value of what they are learning in the academic curriculum with regards to the real world, and develop stronger motivation and purpose to acquire new knowledge and skills.

At Tampines Secondary School, our Applied Learning Programme (ALP) employs an active learning pedagogy through making to provide students with opportunities to explore and experiment with technologies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The programme aims to imbue students with a Maker mindset and equip them with the relevant knowledge and skills.

Overview

 TPSS Applied Learning Programme:

 Creative Engineering

Tinker, Design, Innovate

 

Why it matters:

There is a need to prepare our youth for a future that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and uncertain (VUCA). The STEM ALP imbibes in our students the appreciation, acquisition, and application of STEM related skills and technologies.


Through the ALP, our students will be curious and creative problem solvers who can appreciate the broader applications of STEM.

 

By discovering their own talents and interest in STEM, students may in future consider related pursuits in their post-secondary education. 

The ALP is structured into Tier 1 & Tier 2:

 

ALP Tier 1 targets all students.

In Sec 1, students have hands-on learning experiences in Upcycling and Drones (aka Quad-copters) before forming themselves into Junior Tech Start-up groups to solve a real-world challenge related to the theme “Water” or “Technology”.

 

In Sec 2, students have hands-on learning experiences in constructing a solar toy car and learning coding with Microbits before forming Junior Tech Start-up groups to solve a real-world challenge related to “Energy” or “Aging”.

 

All ALP lessons and activities are carried out in a Maker Hub equipped with 3D Printers, laser craft cutters, electronics kits and more.

Mass Tinkering activities are also organized for all students as post-exam activities to further enthuse students in tinkering and making.

 

 

 

Figure 1: QR Code of ALP Tier 1 Resource Site

 

ALP Tier 2 targets students who have a passion in STEM. Interested students are free to walk into the Maker Hub to tinker, design and create student-initiated projects under the supervision of our Maker student leaders and/or support staff.

 

Students who exhibit a very strong passion in STEM through the Direct School Admissions (DSA) or CCA trials or otherwise, will be placed on a talent development programme via the Maker Faire CCA. Students in the Maker Faire CCA are exposed to STEM and Maker activities at a higher level through their commitment and participation in competitions, exhibitions and showcases. Residency makers and trainers are invited on a regular basis to coach and teach Maker Faire CCA students new skills. Oversea trips to broaden our students’ exposure and cultural perspectives have also been planned but are currently suspended due to the on-going pandemic.

 

 

Figure 2: QR Code of ALP Tier 2 – Maker Hub Resource Site

 

 

Our Achievements & Accolades:

S/N 

Year

Description

Achievements & Accolades

1

2017

MOE EXCEL Fest

Invited by MOE to showcase

2

2017

SHELL “Make the Future Challenge” & STEM Bright Ideas Challenge

Finalists

3

2018

Singapore Polytechnic Young Engineer Award 

Gold Award for three students.

All three students were conferred a letter of offer to ANY engineering course in Singapore Polytechnic 

4

2018

Foss Asia Summit

Invited to showcase the use of open-technology in education

2019

The Schools Challenge “Live Smart @ The East 2019” 

1st place

2nd Place

Innovation award

2019

G!nnovation Challenge

3rd Place

7

2017

2018

2019

Singapore Amazing Flying Machine

Certificate of Participation

8

2019

Design Faire @ Ping Yi Sec Sch

1st Place

2nd Place

9

2019

Drones Odyssey Challenge

6th Place

10

2018

2019

Maker Faire Extravaganza @OTH
Maker Faire Extravaganza @SCS

Invited by Science Centre Singapore to showcase

11

2020

2020

Maker Education Education Lead School (East Zone)

Swift Accelerator Programme 2020

Awarded by MOE- Education Technology Division

 

Recipely app created by our student was successfully published on Apple App Store

Members of the department

 

Name Designation
Mr Victor Ng HOD Sci
Mr Wan Chee Wai HOD Maths

Zulkifli Bin Mohamed DT Teacher
Wendy Tong Maths Teacher