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.
The list of 42 secondary schools offering the STEM ALP is in Annex A.
Nurturing Early Learners Framework for Mother Tongue Languages - Chinese, Malay and Tamil Versions Now Available
The Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Framework for Mother Tongue Languages (MTLs) is now available in Chinese, Malay and Tamil. This was announced by Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education, Ms Indranee Rajah, at the Early Childhood Conference 2014 on 20 September 2014.
With the Framework available in Chinese, Malay and Tamil, MTL early childhood educators are able to better access, relate and use the Framework as core reference when reviewing, planning and implementing their MTL curriculum. These versions contain the same information as the English version which was launched in 2013.More about the NEL Framework for MTLs
The NEL Curriculum provides a comprehensive tool kit of kindergarten curriculum resources for use by early childhood educators in Singapore.
The NEL Framework for MTLs is part of this curriculum. It serves as a guide to the teaching and learning of the three official MTLs in Singapore, articulating a broad set of vision, objectives, learning goals and guiding principles for MTL teaching and learning.
The guiding principles help early childhood educators translate the Framework into practice, providing support in their planning and implementation of their MTL curriculum, and in their observation and evaluation of their students’ MTL learning progress. For example, the Framework sets out MTL learning goals that every child should achieve by the end of Kindergarten 2 when they participate in a pre-school MTL programme.Supporting MTL Early Childhood Educators
To complement and encourage adoption of the NEL Framework for MTLs, MOE is developing Educators’ Guides for each of the MTLs. We are also working with ECDA to organise training to help MTL early childhood educators apply the Framework. Training will start with principals, supervisors and senior teachers from end 2014, moving on to courses for MTL educators subsequently.
The NEL Framework for MTLs in all four languages can be accessed at http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/preschool/.
A total of 534 students from 70 schools were presented the National Schools Colours Award at the 44th Singapore Schools Sports Council (SSSC) National Colours Award Presentation and National School Games Closing Ceremony today. Another 1187 students were presented the Zone Colours Award.
The National and Zone Schools Colours Awards recognise students for their contributions in representing the Singapore Schools Team, and achievements in sports and games within the SSSC Sporting Calendar, at various levels.SSSC Overall Best School Boy and Overall Best School Girl Award
This year, the SSSC Overall Best School Boy Award was awarded to Quah Zheng Wen from Anglo Chinese School (Independent) for Swimming. Quah Zheng Wen was one of our top medallists at the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar. In addition, he re-wrote his own national record for 50m and 100m backstroke this year. The SSSC Overall Best School Girl Award was awarded to Martina Lindsay Pelonio Veloso from Singapore Sports School for Shooting. In June this year, she was crowned champion in the ISSF World Cup at Munich, Germany.
The Overall Best School Boy and Overall Best School Girl award recipients were selected from the Best School Boy awardees in 17 Sports, and the Best School Girl awardees in 14 sports. These student athletes had attained exceptional sporting achievements, and demonstrated exemplary conduct on and off the field. The list of Best School Boy/Girl award recipients are listed in Annex A.SSSC Best Team Award
The SSSC Best Team Award was awarded to the Boys Sailing Team for emerging as the World Champion in the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship (420 Class). The team comprises two sailors - Loh Jia Yi and Jonathan Yeo from Raffles Institution.National School Games
The 2014 National School Games (NSG) was declared opened by the Minister for Education on 6 February at ITE College Central. The NSG had reached out to over 50,000 students which encompassed 28 sports for SSSC and 21 sports for SPSSC 1. In conjunction with the National Colours Award presentation, the 2014 NSG was brought to a close.Footnote
- Singapore Primary Schools Sports Council ↳
Launch of C-Quest - A Mobile App Game to Promote Conversations About Cyber Wellness Between Parents and Children
Parents can now download a new mobile game app, C-Quest, and have conversations on cyber wellness with their children. Developed by the Ministry of Education and targeted at parents with children aged 10 to 14, C-Quest is specially designed to facilitate meaningful parent-child conversations on their online experiences. Through the game, students will also learn to be safe, respectful, and responsible users of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Players can begin the game by choosing one of the three Cyber Navigators for their C-Quest to explore the cyber seas. The three Cyber Navigators are:
Master over Technology - to be captains of their own lives and not to be enslaved to technology and mobile gadgets;
Protector - to watch out for one another, as protectors, and be safe online; and
Relationship-Builder - to build positive relationships online, to avoid sparking unnecessary conflicts which would end up hurting others and one self.
To complete the cyber quest, children will converse with their parents and answer questions related to cyber wellness to earn stars and collect accessories and equipment for their Cyber Navigators. Where opinions differ, the game provides opportunities for the players to talk about their differences and understand how others may feel or think. The game also provides useful tips to the players to manage their online activities. (Please refer to Annex A for examples of questions and useful tips in the game)
Deputy Director-General of Education (Curriculum), Mr Wong Siew Hoong said, “Parents play a critical role in shaping their children’s values, as well as in guiding their online behavior, and monitoring their computer use. Through playing the game with their children, MOE hopes that the app will serve as a tool to encourage conversations between parents and their children on cyber wellness.”
C-Quest, in facilitating conversation between parents and their children, complements the Cyber Wellness curriculum in schools, where cyber wellness based on the principles of “Respect for Self and Others” and “Safe and Responsible Use” of technology are taught through Citizenship and Character Education (CCE) to reinforce the positive values and social emotional competencies needed for our students to navigate the cyber space skilfully and safely.
‘C-Quest’ is available for download from today on the android platform, Google Play. The iOS version will be ready by 1 Nov 2014. Parents can also look out for cyber wellness tips posted on MOE’s Cyber Wellness Portal and the MOE Parents in Education portal.