Applied Learning Programme (ALP)
Aspiring Confident Engineers (ACE) @ BRPS
"You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself."
Our Applied Learning Programme (ALP), also known as Aspiring Confident Engineers (ACE) @ BRPS, anchors on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education to provide our students with opportunities to work on STEM-related projects. Students explore, investigate and ask questions through analysing problems and solving them through real world examples.
This programme aims to:
- leverage on STEM to create more meaningful and engaging activities that integrate engineering and technology in Mathematics and Science;
- build students’ enthusiasm in learning;
- promote 21st century skills ̶ critical thinking, decision-making, collaboration, communication, creativity; and
- inculcate values – resilience, learning from failure, respect, self-discipline.
The school uses the ‘Engineering Design Process’ in STEM lessons to provide structures for learning in order to scaffold children’s thinking. The process is adopted from the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) project that was developed by the Museum of Science in Boston.
The platforms for STEM activities include Robotics and STEM-related project work. Learning robotics provides students with hands-on opportunities to learn STEM concepts through creating their own robots and drawing connections to what they have learnt in the classrooms. It enables students to apply content knowledge and innovate in order to bridge the gap between key theoretical concepts and their real-world applications. Learning robots programming also becomes an opportunity for students to develop their linguistic and logical skills. It is a fun and simple way to get students exposed to basic engineering concepts at an early age.
Kayden and Phuc, both Primary 4 students, expressed, “It is our first time building Milo the robot and doing programming. We love it! We hope to have more sessions.”
“I learnt about the properties of magnets. We have to keep trying and explore different ways to make the maglev train work.” shared Mikael, a Primary 3 student who thoroughly enjoyed the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activity.
A tiered approach
ALP is structured in two tiers. Tier 1 is for all students and Tier 2 is for students who show greater aptitude and interest. For Tier 1, all students will be engaged in robotics and STEM-related project work as shown in Table 1 below. Students in Tier 2 are identified for STEM Club where they are involved in specialised training on STEM-related activities and robotics as well as participate in competitions in order to develop their creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills. Learning journeys are organised to expose students to STEM. Robotics and STEM activities are carried out in our discovery rooms - Da Vinci’s Workbench and Edison’s Hub.
|Level||Robotics||STEM-related Project Work|
|P1||Let’s Build It!||Material Engineering|
|P2||Let’s Move It!||Material Engineering|
|P3||Let’s Cool It!||Aerospace Engineering|
|P4||Let’s Recycle!||Environmental Engineering|
|P5||Let’s Clean Up!||Mechanical Engineering|
|P6||Material & Civil Engineering|
Using the thinking routine ‘See-Think-Wonder’, teachers led students through one of the activities aligned to the school’s commemoration for Singapore World Water Day 2020. Students had the opportunity to create their own robotic floodgate and programmed the floodgate that modelled after the ones at Marina Barrage.