GESS Probes* Applied Learning Programme (ALP)
The school’s Applied Learning Programme was first implemented in the year 2015. GESS Probes* ALP serves to prepare students for their future workplace. It aims to develop future workskills 2020 (University of Phoenix Research Institute) (Fig.1) such as transdisciplinarity, design thinking, and novel and adaptive thinking in students. Global awareness was heightened amongst students and their interests broadened through the programme, including learning journeys. The programme focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as well as the design thinking process (Fig 2). “Probes” refers to the probing, inquiring name of Scientific design activities and the mindset that we wish to inculcate through the programme. It also refers to the underwater probe that students will be tasked to design as part of their learning process.
Fig. 2 Diagram taken from dschool.stanford.edu
There are two tiers for the programme: Tier 1 is a 15-20 hours programme for all students while Tier 2 targets students with the interest and aptitude as part of talent development programme. Since 2015, the Tier 1 programme was targeted at all Secondary One Normal Technical, Academic and Express students. Our school has also established a partnership with Science Centre to leverage their expert knowledge on electronics to develop the ALP with the emphasis on applied learning and ICT integration, using Arduino. The theme for the Sec 1 programme is “Water is a precious resource” and “Reducing our Carbon Footprint” for the Sec 2 programme. Students will learn about parameters to measure water quality, the basics for electronics knowledge and its applications, like designing an underwater probe. Students also experience the process of empathy, define and ideation to arrive at the various designs of water purification filters.
As the programme matures into her third year, many Gessians have been enriched by this programme and were able to apply their learning creatively in many interesting competitions organised by various higher institutions of learning.
Secondary 1 students fascinated and fully immersed in their ALP lesson.
Hands-on activities help Gessians to better retain the knowledge learnt in class.
Gessians awarded the Merit Award in the Clean Water Challenge organised by Singapore Polytechnic in 2016.
Secondary 1 students assembling their own robotic vehicle during the Future Transportation Challenge 2017 organised by Singapore Polytechnic.
The prototype which is able to navigate its own route, fully assembled by Sec 1 Gessians.
The look of the final prototype for the GESS entry in the Future Transportation Challenge 2017.
Voted by the all the judges and participating schools, young Gessians emerged as the winning team for the Most Popular Car Award.
Mini exhibition and Interactive Booths by Electricity Efficiency Centre
Students engaged at the interactive booths hosted by the EEC
An interesting Learning Journey to the Zero Energy Building with parents
Understanding more on the State-of-the-Art technology in vertical farming