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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. By exposing students to technology, coding, and computers in general, it can spark their interest and surface inert talents.
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.
|Head of Department :||Mr Ricky Tan|
Mr Azman Bin Hussin
Mr Wong Teck Piaw
Mr R Jayakumar
Ms Joyce Chua
Mr Simon Sin
Ms Johanna Tan
The guiding principle in the design of the curriculum is that it must be authentic to kindle interest in Computer Programming and STEM. The activities must weigh less on theory and should have ample hands-on activities to engage the boys. Challenges and avenues for imagination are critical so that students take up a greater sense of ownership, and maximise their potential to achieve success in solving problems realistically and creatively. Boy Centric Teaching (BCT) pedagogy is central to enabling the four guiding points.
Tier 1 Programme
At the introduction stage, Secondary One students are equipped with fundamental skills in basic programming, microcontrollers, and electronics. Students are provided with a challenge task of applying their knowledge of Science and Mathematics through the development of their own automated Arduino-based Shooter Game.
The Secondary Two programme builds on the formal curriculum of Design and Technology. Students are introduced to advanced programming concepts and more knowledge of electronics applications that incorporate the use of sensors and actuators. Their learning culminates in the design of a final product, i.e. a Smart Savings Bank that allows student to collect data on their spending habits, as well as automate the process of depositing and storing money.
Tier 2 Programme
The school’s Tier 2 Programme is anchored on Advanced Projects. An ALP teacher mentors each group working on a distinct project in the field of the teacher’s expertise. These projects are showcased at the school’s open house and annual Maker Faire held at Science Centre Singapore etc.
Some of the projects from the Tier 2 programme are:
1. Automated Food Dispenser (Expert area: Food Science and Technology)
2. Elderly SOS system (Expert area: Healthcare)
3. Giant Piano (Expert area: Aesthetics)
4. Smart Garden (Expert area: Biology)
5. Smart Home (Expert area: Automation)
6. Smart Vertical Garden (Expert area: Geography)
7. Wireless Sports Timing Gates (Expert area: Sports)
To encourage students to further their dreams in making and innovation, the school started a Maker Club (CCA and Special Interest Group). The Maker Club supplements the knowledge gained through the Tier 1 programme by exposing members to other skills such as digital fabrication, basic making techniques, and tinkering.
Through its ALP, Montfort Secondary School works towards developing its students as future-ready citizens with STEM dispositions.