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Applied Learning Programme (ALP)

Programme Title

Emerging Technologies


Programme Objectives

The programme provides the students the opportunity and platform to connect academic knowledge, scientific and engineering skills with the real world, to link knowledge across various skill-based subject disciplines (in particular, subjects such as Maths, Sciences and Design & Technology), to stretch the imagination and apply the skills in authentic settings of scientific research and industries and to appreciate the relevance and values of STEAM learning in class and develop Science Disciplined Mind and 21CC skills ( Critical thinking,  Collaboration, Communication) and to achieve stronger motivation and purpose to acquire knowledge and skills in Science and Technology.

Tier 1: Secondary One Applied Learning Programme (basic) (Electronics) Module in Semester One

In Semester 1, Secondary 1 students are exposed to the basics of electronics components related to health sciences and health care technology using Arduino microprocessors. They have the fortnightly, 90-minutes lessons over the course of one semester. In each lesson, students work in groups of 2 to complete a series of components construction and circuits building tasks as well as programming assignments in class.

In Secondary One, students are taught Arduino Coding & Electronics, 3D-printing & 3D pens, and Design Thinking. They are to understand and apply the Design Thinking Concepts throughout the whole duration of the programme.

Each ALP lesson has a component as well as one or two programming commands.

For example:

Basic light emitting diodes (LED) and the “INTRODUCE”, “INPUT”, “OUTPUT”, “HIGH” and “LOW” commands.
Buzzers, speakers and the “TONE” command.
Temperature sensors and the “LOOP”, “IF” and ”ELSE” commands.
Light Dependent Resistor (LDR) and the “CONVERT” command.
Servo motor and the “SERVO” command.
Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) and the “LIBRARY” command.

Tier 1: Secondary One Applied Learning Programme (basic) (Health Science) Module in Semester Two

The students will undergo 6 lessons of Forensic Science. The lessons consists of Introduction to DNA, Identification of blood types, Agarose Gel Electrophoresis, Glass and Plastic Analysis, Finger-printing Analysis and solve the “murder”.

Tier 1: Secondary Two Applied Learning Programme (advanced) (Emerging Technologies) Module (whole year)

Secondary 2 students delve deeper into Arduino programming and aim to fabricate devices focusing on healthcare problems. Students form teams of 4 and do research projects. They have to conduct research projects to investigate how the bacteria growth is affected by the external physical conditions such as the frequency and intensity of sound and light as well as temperature. In doing the projects, the students need to make use of what they have learnt in secondary 1, for example electronics circuits construction and Arduino Programming as well as microbiology techniques fabricate devices. They will complete their project by writing the  reports and presenting their project findings clearly using PowerPoint slides to their classmates.

The students will embark on projects by applying Design thinking concepts and what they have learnt in Secondary One this year.

In Sec 2, students will advance their ALP learning in the field of Emerging Technologies. It is an extension of the Sec 1 ALP, students will use the concept of Design Thinking to work on projects or solve problems based on one of the Emerging Technologies themes.

Some examples include:

The programming codes for varying the volume of the sound produced by the speaker
Experimental box to contain the device and the bacteria culture
3D Silhouette Light Box

Tier 2 : Talent Development Programme - Applied Science Competitions

Selected Secondary 3 students will have opportunities to further pursue their interest and to apply their skills and knowledge in projects and competitions, there are:

Innovation, Design and Engineering (IDE) Arduino Maker Challenge is a yearly national competition organised by Nullspace Robotics.
ElementZ competitions organised by Anderson Serangoon Junior College.
DSO-DSTA Science Fair organised by A*STAR and Victoria Junior College.
Science and Technology Challenge organised by Nanyang Polytechnic.



Science and Technology Challenge 2019 – Champion : Take Flight & Soar

1) Ryan Tan Shao’En, 3A

2) Lee Yih Cher Jasper, 3B

3) Seng Zheng Feng Javier, 3B

4) Tan Yi Hao, 3C

Science and Technology Challenge 2019 – Second runner-up : ArchiTower

1) Xander Lim, 3A

2) Joven Chua Rui Yang, 2F

3) Lek Yu En Illias, 2G

4) Tan Keng How, 2G


The Most Innovative Project Award in IDE Maker Challenge

1) Wong Guo Yao, 3H

2) Javier Tan Jia Ming, 3I

3) Shaun Pang Yi Xuan, 3H


The 4th place in IDE MechWar Challenge

1) Woo Zhe Zhang, 3B

2) Jiang Dong Xiao, 3C

3) Eng Pin Wen, 3B


The 7th place in IDE MechWar Challenge

1) Gian Yan Xiang. 4A

2) Brian Wee Kay Guan, 4E

3) Ong Hong Xun, 4E


Arduino Maker Challenge 2017
Best Design Award – School Bag

A versatile school bag which ensures that the person is carrying it in a correct posture.

Asia-Pacific Youth Robotics Competition 2017
Second prize – Students designed a robots using Arduino to navigate through obstacles.

A*STAR Science Fair 2017
The students won a silver award in the Science Fair, their project is to investigate which Solvent is Most Effective in Reducing the Volume of Polystyrene Waste