Applied Learning Programme
Applied Learning Programme – Made In Montfort
Over the years, we have had the honour to share our work with overseas visitors from Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Germany, Philippines, Russia and Thailand.
The Made In Montfort ALP was featured in exhibitions like Maker Faire Singapore and the Computing Teachers Seminar, garnering very positive feedback from visitors and industry experts. We are also very proud to be featured by multiple local and international media. Click the links above to see us in action!
Objective of the ALP
In alignment to the motto of our school: Age Quod Agis, which means “Do well in whatever you do”, it is believed that through infusing Design, Coding and Making skills, our school is able to develop a community of dynamic learners who are able to apply knowledge across disciplines and conceive solutions through skills learned in a rich forward-looking curriculum.
Excite students about technologies
Supporting Singapore’s vision of becoming the first Smart Nation in the world, the ALP aims to excite students about current and future technologies. In so doing, it is hoped that more students make relevant Computer Science and STEM related courses their choice in their tertiary education. This in turn helps to alleviate the problem of a shrinking pool of engineers and technical personnel currently faced by the nation. In fact, the ALP can be the incubator for the school to offer ‘O’ Level Computing for students in the Express Stream in the near future. By exposing students to technology, coding, and computers in general, it can spark their interest and surface inert talents. This opens a new pathway for students to pursue in their Upper Secondary education.
Strengthen thinking skills, problem solving skills and teamwork
There is much to learn by working in teams and solving problems together. The ALP is a great platform for students to strengthen their
thinking processes by problem solving in a real-world context.
Furthermore, students learn to embrace the strengths and weaknesses of others and how to come together to overcome challenges as a team.
Enhance learning in other subjects
Finally, the content of the ALP should be made relevant by incorporating elements of other subjects. It can serve as an enhancement, allowing students to appreciate these subjects better. The skills and knowledge that students gain through the ALP can also help them to create advanced content in related subjects. This will be a win-win for both the subject and the ALP.
Applied Learning Programme
The guiding principle in the design of the curriculum is that it must be authentic to kindleinterest in Computer Programming and STEM. The activities must weigh less on theory and should have ample hands-on activities to engagethe boys. Challenges and avenues for imagination are critical so that students take up a greater sense of ownership, and maximisetheir potential to achievesuccess in solving problems realistically and creatively. Boy Centric Teaching (BCT) pedagogy is central to enabling the four guiding points.
The curriculum is tightly integrated with the Design & Technology(D&T) subject. In Secondary 1, students start with the fundamental technical skills in basic programming, microcontrollers, 3D Printing, and electronics. Next, Problem Identification and Solution Forming methodologies are introduced. Finally, at the end of the module, students enhance their D&T project to make the project “smart” by incorporating sensors, actuators, and microcontrollers. They will also need to borrow knowledge from other subjects and disciplines at various stages of the project.
In Secondary 2, students are introduced to advanced programming concepts, more electronics, sensors, and actuators. This allows students to further appreciate Computational and Creative Problem Solving. Because the fundamental skills are covered in Secondary 1, Secondary 2 students will have more time to work on their advanced guided project at the end of the module. Upon completion, they continue to enhance their projects in their D&T subject.
|Head of Department (Covering):||Mr Ricky Tan|
|Teachers:||Mr Andrew Jonathan Teo
Mr Azman Bin Hussin
Mr Damien Quek
Mr Jelvin Lee
Miss Joyce Chua
Ms Julia Ee
Ms Priscilla Louis
Mr R Jayakumar
Mr Thomas Chow
Mr Wong Teck Piaw
|STEM Educator:||Mr Ng Jun Wei|
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