Applied Learning Programme (ALP)
The Applied Learning Programme (ALP) develops student interest in science and technology and helps students connect and apply academic knowledge and skills in authentic settings. Materials Science, with its multiple connections to the Science, and Design and Technology (D&T) Curricula, as well as its broadness across the scientific and engineering disciplines and span of applications in daily lives, has been chosen as the area of focus for the ALP.
Having a basic knowledge of materials science will open up options for students to pursue courses and careers that are related to science, engineering, technology and design. Hence, the ALP is developed with the following objectives:
- To imbue in students a scientific mindset and to equip them with foundational experimental skills
- To expose students to different areas of materials science through exploratory hands-on activities
- To allow students to gain an understanding and appreciation of the scientific advancement in the area of materials science and technology
- To provide opportunities for the students to have a glimpse of the various Science and Materials Science-related programmes in tertiary institutions, and possible career options.
Description of Programme & Key Activities
The ALP in BLS is organized in two tiers. The Tier 1 programme is a 30-hour programme comprising a set of common modules for all Secondary 1 and 2 students. Through these modules, students acquire basic knowledge about the field of materials science and develop STEM-related skills, communication and collaborative skills, critical thinking and creativity. These modules are delivered by the ALP teachers during the weekly ALP lessons over the course of one Semester, within curriculum time.
Selected Secondary 3 students interested in pursuing their interest and developing their STEM-related skills are identified for the Tier 2 programme, where they have opportunities to deepen and broaden their knowledge in the field and are challenged to apply their knowledge in projects and competitions. Students will also be invited for industry visits and have opportunities to interact with professionals in the field.
Our ALP curriculum is guided by our 3’A’ Framework – Acquisition, Appreciation and Application. Using an inquiry-based approach, students acquire (i) knowledge on a diverse range of materials through hands-on activities, group discussions, online research, as well as the (ii) problem solving and experimental skills required for them to carry out sound scientific investigations. Through mini-research projects, students are kept abreast with the developments in the field of Materials Science, and at the same time develop an appreciation for the innovative use of materials in everyday life. Design challenges provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to improve on existing products or to invent new ones.
Programme Summary (Tier 1)
|Secondary 1||NT||Exploring Materials – Properties of Everyday Materials and their Applications|
|NA / Exp||Smart Materials|
|Secondary 2||NT||Smart Materials|
|NA / Exp||Reverse Engineering, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing|
Programme Summary (Tier 2)
|Level||Stream||Module / Activity|
|Secondary 3||All streams||Tinkering Experiences, Visit to 3M Customer Technical Centre, Dialogues with Scientists and Engineers from 3M, Work Shadowing, STEM-related competitions|
Students will engage in self-reflection to identify their strengths and areas of improvement in the following domains viz. communication skills, collaborative skills, critical thinking and creativity. During lessons, students will also be tasked to provide constructive peer critiques on one another’s presentations and performance as a project group member.