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Future Learning Through Investigation(ALP)

Background

The World Economic Forum released the report ‘The Future of Jobs Report’ in 2018. The key findings of the report postulated the idea that in the near future, the following phenomena would be observed:

  • Accelerated technology adoption
  • Increasing trends towards robotization
  • Growing skills instability

The report also predicted that by 2022, 19% of companies would adopt the use of aerial and/or underwater robots in their processes, 28% of companies would adopt some form of biotechnology and 75% of companies would be involved with developing the Internet of Things in one way or other. 

This, superimposed against the backdrop of MOE’s drive to develop 21st Century Competencies (refer below) in our students, forms the motivation for Queensway Secondary School’s Applied Learning Programme.

 

Objectives

Under our ALP, Future Learning Through Investigation, we would like our students to be Queensway Investigators by developing in them the following senses:

  • Sense of wonder – to embrace the unknown, and to see the known from new perspectives
  • Sense of competency – to be able to apply skills and knowledge learnt to find innovative solutions
  • Sense of collaboration – to work in teams to exercise collaborative real-life problem solving

Programme

Our Queensway Investigators will experience the following domains:

Domain

Basic Engineering Investigation

Life Science Investigation

Programming and Advanced Engineering Investigation

Focus of Programme

To construct a sea perch and learn about its affordances in water quality testing, navigation and environmental conservation.

To experience the world of life sciences through a series of investigations and hands-on sessions.

To ideate and apply innovative solutions to improve man’s quality of life through robotisation and technology.

Sense of Wonder

In this module, students will be exposed to the use of underwater robots for exploration and water quality testing. The use of data loggers will also be incorporated to provide students with insights into technological integration.

In this module, students will be readied for the future through exposure to basic genetics and forensic science.

In this module, students will learn the programming language used for Arduino microcontrollers and have the opportunity to experience the application of engineering principles through Learning Journeys to iFly Singapore and the ArtScience Museum. Students will also be given opportunities to participate in engineering related workshops organised by the Science Centre to deepen their interest.

Sense of Competency

Students will learn Physics principles of buoyancy and balance, and will be required to apply them to construct an underwater robot known as a sea perch. Students will also learn how dataloggers can be used to measure the pH and temperature of water, and how such data can be used to predict the suitability of the water body to host organic life.

Students will learn about the practical use of enzyme technology, basic genetics and DNA replication and analysis technology.

Students will be required to brainstorm on real-life problems and think about how programming (Arduino) can be applied to improve the quality of human life in these contexts.

Sense of Collaboration

Throughout the module, students will be required to work in teams to brainstorm on the optimal design for the sea perch which would meet the design specifications set out.

At the end of the module, students will be required to work in teams to solve ‘whodunit’ scenarios CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) style.

At the end of this module, students will be required to work in groups to build prototypes for their proposed solutions and to present them to a panel of judges.

Target Group

All Sec 1 students

All Sec 2 students

Selected Sec 2 and 3 students