Applied Learning Programme (ALP)
DEVELOPING FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVERS
Eco-Sustainability through Inquiry-based Learning
Under the guiding hands of the Applied Learning Programme (ALP) teachers on Eco-sustainability through Inquiry Based Learning, STEM experience, students have had the opportunity to dabble with modern farming and programming.
At Secondary 1, students get to explore the different types of sensors and simple coding skills using Arduino programme to create a smart bin and a waste sorter.
At Secondary 2, students are guided to examine environmental issues to generate practical solutions using computational thinking, through the use of micro:bits, and Design Thinking Principles. Students studied the community needs and proactively incorporate their investigation and findings related to the theme alternative sources and conservation of energy. Proposed designs by students are then proudly presented to their peers and to a team of teacher mentors.
Beyond projects, a vertical vegetable farm amidst the school’s lush environment is one feature that is guaranteed to amaze any visitors who walk into the school’s compound. Students get the chance to try out modern farming in our own backyard. Since its installation in 2017, our students have harvested over 50kg of its vegetables to feed the Marsiling community. This high-tech method of farming is integrated into the Science curriculum where it serves as a talking point during lessons. As part of the ALP, Normal (Technical) course students also get the chance to create a miniature prototype of a self-watering system for plants in the school’s vertical farm using micro:bits.
In the words of 15 year-old Muhammad Taufiq, “Now I know that vegetables take such a long time to grow and I will be careful not to waste food”.