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ESTEM@YCKPS

ESTEM@YCKPS (ALP in Environmental STEM-based applied learning at YCKPS)


*STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

ESTEM@YCKPS is the school’s signature programme utilising a problem-based learning approach which leverages science, and integrating with other disciplines, for students to learn more about environment and sustainable living. Students will develop the necessary skills and values for the 21st century through this programme.

The school aims to:

  • encourage students to appreciate the environment and be aware of the need to take care of it;
  • present learning opportunities for students to co-construct their understanding of real-world problems through connecting with the environment; and
  • provide opportunities to extend students’ learning about the environment.

YCKPS strives to achieve the following outcomes in our students through the ESTEM@YCKPS:

·      Confident Persons who knows their strengths and areas of growth, and can express themselves confidently.

·      Self-Directed Learners who are able to think for themselves and take pride in their work.

·      Active Contributors who have a lively curiosity about things and the ability to cooperate, share and care for others.

·      Concerned Citizens who know and love Singapore.

A three-tier approach is deployed:

The 3 Tier approach to YCKPS ALP

Tier 1: Awareness about the Environment

Assembly talks were held to create awareness on the environmental issues we faced.

Assembly talk to create awareness on EnvironmentAssembly talk to create awareness on Environment
Assembly talk to create awareness on EnvironmentAssembly talk to create awareness on Environment
Assembly talk to create awareness on EnvironmentAssembly talk to create awareness on Environment
Assembly talk to create awareness on EnvironmentAssembly talk to create awareness on Environment

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Additionally, the school commemorated the Earth Day where all the lights and fans in the classrooms were switched off to signify the school’s commitment to saving Mother Earth. Students also visited display booths from NEA and reflected on what they had learnt during this day.

Earth Day experience

Tier 2: Connecting with the Environment

Students took part in programmes where they gained exposure to the use of technology in various platforms. They also learnt basic programming and computational thinking skills as part of the school’s effort to prepare the students for the future through our ALP.

Fathers@School Programme - Drag, Aim, Sphero!
Fathers@School Programme - Drag, Aim, Sphero!
Fathers@School Programme - Drag, Aim, Sphero!
Fathers@School Programme - Drag, Aim, Sphero!
 Fathers@School Programme - Drag, Aim, Sphero!

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Fathers@School Programme - Codey Rocky


The school also collaborated with IMDA to bring in the Lab on Wheels!

Collaboration with IMDA - Lab on Wheels (Coding in a bus)Collaboration with IMDA - Lab on Wheels (Coding in a bus)
Collaboration with IMDA - Lab on Wheels (Coding in a bus)Collaboration with IMDA - Lab on Wheels (Coding in a bus)
Collaboration with IMDA - Lab on Wheels (Coding in a bus)Collaboration with IMDA - Lab on Wheels (Coding in a bus)

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On top of that, our students were engaged in the ESTEM Project Work (EPW) which uses a problem-based learning approach with curriculum links to various subjects and anchored to a topic in science. The students went on learning journey trips to gain better understanding of the environmental issues and collaborated with one another to create products related to environmental sustainability.

P4 EPW – Let’s Go Green

The ALP Committee members designed a new package for our P4 students this year. In this EPW, the students explored and learnt about the positive impact of greenery on our environment. The lesson package was crafted based on the Five Handy Thinking Tools and Cooperative Learning Strategies, and infused with impactful MTV routines. Our students also visited the Sustainable Singapore Gallery to learn more about Singapore’s efforts to keep the city liveable and sustainable. On top of that, the Code for Fun was incorporated in this EPW. Our students learnt basic programming and computational thinking skills as they infused the use of micro:bits in hydroponics.

P4 EPW Lets' Go Green programmeP4 EPW Lets' Go Green programme
Five Handy Thinking Tool with Exit Tickets
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P4 EPW Lets' Go Green programme
Learning and working with one another
P4 EPW Lets' Go Green programmeP4 EPW Lets' Go Green programme
Presenting their work
P4 EPW Lets' Go Green programmeP4 EPW Lets' Go Green programme
Learning Journey to Sustainable Singapore Gallery
P4 EPW Lets' Go Green programmeP4 EPW Lets' Go Green programme
P4 EPW Lets' Go Green programme
P4 EPW Lets' Go Green programme
Applying the use of technology in the growing of plants

P5 EPW - Every Drop Counts

The P5 EPW is on water conservation. In addition to the learning in school, the students went to the NEWater Visitor Centre to find out more about one of Singapore’s national taps. Furthermore, the students collaborated in teams and created their own artefacts. They showcased their final products and educated the audiences on the importance of conserving water during the VIA Exposition week.

P5 EPW - Every Drop CountsP5 EPW - Every Drop Counts
P5 EPW - Every Drop CountsP5 EPW - Every Drop Counts
Co-construction of learning with peers
P5 EPW - Every Drop CountsP5 EPW - Every Drop Counts
P5 EPW - Every Drop CountsP5 EPW - Every Drop Counts
Learning how the used water is treated at the NEWater Visitor Centre
P5 EPW - Every Drop CountsP5 EPW - Every Drop Counts
P5 EPW - Every Drop CountsP5 EPW - Every Drop Counts
Showcasing their products and educating the audiences on the importance of water conservation during VIA Exposition week

P6 EPW – Save the Earth

Issues relating to the conservation of the environment and Man’s impact on the environment are being discussed in the P6 EPW. Similar to the other EPWs, students co-constructed their knowledge and skills with their peers. The P6 students collaborated in groups to present what they have learnt.

P6 EPW - Save the Earth
 Five Handy Thinking Tools
P6 EPW - Save the Earth
Student's work
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Presenting their final work

Tier 3: Extending the Learning about the Environment

For students with greater interest and aptitude, they can participate in additional activities or competitions to enhance their experiences and extend their learning about the environment.

2018 Singapore Youth Science Fair

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Applying heat to recycled plastic bags until they fused togetherTesting the strength of fused plastic bagsCreating a new product from the recycled plastic bags
Tier 3 - Singapore Youth Science FairTier 3 - Singapore Youth Science Fair
The students with their project – they achieved a Distinction award for their project!Presenting their project to Prof Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive of Science Centre Singapore


17th Elementz Science Project Competition & Exhibition

This team of P5 students investigated and presented on the importance of plants in the filtration of rain water to give us cleaner water