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42 Secondary Schools Offering Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Applied Learning Programme (STEM ALP)

42 secondary schools are offering the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Applied Learning Programme (STEM ALP). This programme will provide learning opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and skills in science, mathematics and technology to solve real-world problems. By 2017, half of the 124 mainstream secondary schools will offer the STEM ALP to our students.

The objective of STEM ALP is to help students appreciate the relevance and value of what they learn in the curriculum and develop stronger motivation and purpose to acquire knowledge and skills. The skills and competencies include:

  • Scientific inquiry and literacy;
  • Reasoning and problem solving;
  • Design thinking;
  • Computational thinking; and
  • Data analysis and the use of technology

In addition, the STEM ALP provides students an early exposure to STEM-related applied learning and careers and helps to ignite students’ interest to pursue STEM-related courses in Institutes of Higher Learning, and a career in the STEM-related industries.

To support schools in developing and implementing quality STEM ALPs, MOE has partnered STEM Inc., a newly-established unit under the Science Centre Singapore comprising about 50 personnel. Some of STEM Inc.’s personnel also have industry experience, and will work with schools to create meaningful and enriching learning opportunities for students. Through the partnership with STEM Inc., MOE supports schools in the following areas:

  • identifying and developing the school’s programme;
  • co-developing lessons, resources and materials;
  • co-teaching lessons; and
  • facilitating partnerships between schools and industry partners to offer students opportunities to better understand the STEM industries.
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National Honours for Inspirational Young Educators

Five young teachers received the Outstanding Youth in Education Award (OYEA) from Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, at the National Institute of Education (NIE) Teachers’ Investiture Ceremony on 9 July 2014. They are:

  • Miss Gidwani Poojalal, 31, from Haig Girls’ School;
  • Mdm Nur Ain Binte Ahmad, 34, from Park View Primary School;
  • Ms Lin Xiaojun, 28, from Chestnut Drive Secondary School;
  • Mr Mohamed Ashiq Bin Mohamed Elias, 34, from Pasir Ris Secondary School; and
  • Miss Khairiah Bte Hairoman, 34, from Peirce Secondary School.

Selected from 14 finalists, the five winners strongly believe that education is about nurturing the child holistically. They have sought to nurture all-rounded individuals through their lessons and interaction with students. These teachers have also distinguished themselves by adopting innovative approaches both in and outside the classroom, as well as demonstrating dedication in stretching their students’ potential. Please refer to Annex A for more information on the award winners.

The OYEA is a national award that recognises young teachers for their commendable enthusiasm, energy and active involvement in youth development. Since its inception in 1999, 49 outstanding young educators, including this year’s winners, have received the award.

The OYEA winners were selected by the OYEA Selection Panel, comprising representatives from the Ministry of Education, the National Institute of Education, and the National Youth Council. A total of 4,549 nominations from the schools and members of the public were received for 911 teachers from 216 schools in 2014.

Besides honouring the achievements of young educators, OYEA aims to inspire youths that teaching is a fulfilling profession. Besides receiving a trophy and citation certificate, all the OYEA winners will be fully sponsored to attend an overseas professional development programme. The list of the 2014 finalists and details of OYEA are in Annex B.

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Singaporean Birth Cohort Study Finds Benefits for Babies Exposed to Two Languages

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 3:17pm
SINGAPORE, Sept 2, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - A team of investigators and clinician-scientists in Singapore and internationally have found that there are advantages associated with exposure to two languages in infancy.
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Ask the PM: Catch the 'live' forum on Sep 4

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 9:29am
Mr Lee is expected to address wide-ranging questions from the public, including topics such as jobs, retirement savings, education and public housing.
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DHL Bags "Best Express Logistics Provider" Award for Second Consecutive Year

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 3:49pm
SINGAPORE, Sept. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- DHL, the world's leading international express services provider, has received the award for 'Best Express Logistics Provider' for the second consecutive year at ...
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Tokyo, Aug 26, 2014 - (JCN Newswire) - A*STAR's Experimental Power Grid Centre (EPGC), together with Hitachi Ltd and ...

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 9:34am
Singapore-Imagine powering a building's air-conditioning using heat. A newly completed Combined Heat and Power (CHP) pilot plant has been commissioned to harness waste heat, and convert it to energy to power air-conditioning.
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President's Award for Teachers 2014

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 12:00am

Five outstanding teachers received the 2014 President’s Award for Teachers (PAT) from President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the Istana during the Teachers’ Day Reception on Friday, 29 August 2014. They are :

  • Mdm Lim Yen Peng Linda, Chongzheng Primary School;
  • Miss Rezia Rahumathullah, Da Qiao Primary School;
  • Miss Sim Lucy, Guangyang Primary School;
  • Miss Wong Yoke Chan Wendy, Geylang Methodist School (Secondary); and
  • Dr Muhammad Nazir Bin Amir, Greenview Secondary School.

The PAT 2014 award winners are caring and nurturing teachers dedicated to the holistic development of their students. They are committed to developing their students to the fullest potential and adopt innovative approaches in their lessons. As role models, these teachers are life-long learners and mentors to their peers. More information on each recipient is in Annex A.

This year, a total of 7,819 nominations for 2,791 teachers were received from school leaders, teachers, parents, former students and students. The five recipients were selected from a list of finalists by a panel chaired by Mr Lim Biow Chuan, Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Education, and comprising prominent community members and senior officials from the Ministry of Education. The nomination criteria and list of the 13 PAT 2014 finalists are in Annex B.

Introduced in 1998, the PAT is administered by the Academy of Singapore Teachers. The objective of PAT is to recognise excellent teachers for their critical role in educating the young people of our nation. These teachers inspire their students and peers, through their words and deeds. Since its inception, 66 outstanding teachers, including this year’s recipients, have been recognised.

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AECC Global Now Expanding Beyond Australia

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 7:41pm
Rather than focusing solely on promoting their operations within Australia, AECC Global has begun taking their message of high quality education to offices around the globe, and offering their consulting service to students in need from other locations. (PRWeb August 28, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/education-consultants/aeccglobal/prweb12128487.htm
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Authentic Learning Contexts Equip Students with Problem Solving Skills

Schoolbag - Wed, 09/04/2014 - 8:00am

According to the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), an international benchmarking study, Singapore students are able to think flexibly and creatively when faced with complex and unfamiliar problems.

Students in Singapore are able to think flexibly and creatively when faced with complex and unfamiliar problems. In a real-world situation, they would be able to find information, use intuition and dare to experiment with alternative solutions. This is according to the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) computer-based assessment of Problem Solving, organised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Of the 44 education systems that participated in this international benchmarking study, Singapore students came up joint-first with Korea students. "Singapore's education system has at times been criticised for encouraging rote learning at the expense of developing creative skills. The PISA 2012 assessment of problem solving skills proves those critics wrong," said Mr Andreas Schleicher, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Education Policy and Deputy Director for Education and Skills of OECD. This PISA finding has helped to validate the broad-based approach to education that the Ministry of Education has been emphasising, which provides students with rich learning opportunities in real-world contexts.
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Student Ambassadors Creating a Better Internet through Kindness

Schoolbag - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 12:30pm
"Let's Create a Better Internet Together" was the theme of this year's Cyber Wellness Student Ambassador Programme (CWSAP) Conference, calling on students to work together and be considerate of others when online. The conference, jointly organised by student leaders from the School of Science & Technology (SST) and Innova Junior College (IJC), was held over three days for students from more than 200 primary schools, secondary schools and junior colleges. A collaboration between the Ministry of Education and Media Development Authority, the CWSAP aims to provide an extended platform to engage students and promote peer advocacy in cyber wellness.

Dr William Wan, General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement, delivering his keynote speech at the Cyber Wellness Student Ambassador Programme (CWSAP) 2014 Conference.

At the Conference for secondary school students on 26 March 2014, Dr William Wan, General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement, gave a keynote speech, where he emphasised that kindness played an important role in creating a safe internet space for all. He also reminded students to be vigilant and considerate when engaging in online activities. The CWSAP STAR Awards 2014 ceremony was also held to honour student ambassadors for their active involvement and efforts to promote cyber wellness education between student ambassadors and their peers. This year, the winners of the CWSAP STAR Awards are the School of Science & Technology, River Valley High School and Ang Mo Kio Secondary School (AMKSS).
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