Applied Learning is a Maker education approach to authentic and practice-oriented learning. The purpose of the Applied Learning Programme (ALP) is to help students appreciate the relevance and value of what they are learning in the academic curriculum with regards to the real world, and develop stronger motivation and purpose to acquire new knowledge and skills.
At Tampines Secondary School, our Applied Learning Programme (ALP) employs an active learning pedagogy through making to provide students with opportunities to explore and experiment with technologies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The programme aims to imbue students with a Maker mindset and equip them with the relevant knowledge and skills.
There is a need to prepare our youth for a future that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and uncertain (VUCA). The STEM ALP imbibes in our students the appreciation, acquisition, and application of STEM related skills and technologies.
Through the ALP, our students will be curious and creative problem solvers who can appreciate the broader applications of STEM.
By discovering their own talents and interest in STEM, students may in future consider related pursuits in their post-secondary education.
The ALP is structured into Tier 1 & Tier 2:
ALP Tier 1 targets all students.
In Sec 1, students have hands-on learning experiences in Upcycling and Drones (aka Quad-copters) before forming themselves into Junior Tech Start-up groups to solve a real-world challenge related to the theme “Water” or “Technology”.
In Sec 2, students have hands-on learning experiences in constructing a solar toy car and learning coding with Microbits before forming Junior Tech Start-up groups to solve a real-world challenge related to “Energy” or “Aging”.
All ALP sessions occur in a Maker Hub, equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters, and electronics kits. Post-exam Mass Tinkering activities further fuel student interest in hands-on making.
ALP Tier 2 targets STEM-enthusiastic students, offering an open-door Maker Hub for student-led projects under the guidance of Maker student leaders and support staff.
Highly passionate students identified through Direct School Admissions (DSA), CCA trials, or other means join the talent development track via Maker Faire CCA. This advanced program involves competitions, exhibitions, and showcases, with expert makers and trainers regularly invited for skill development. International trips for broadening cultural perspectives are planned but currently on hold due to the ongoing pandemic.
Our Achievements & Accolades:
Achievements & Accolades
MOE EXCEL Fest
Invited by MOE to showcase
SHELL “Make the Future Challenge” & STEM Bright Ideas Challenge
Singapore Polytechnic Young Engineer Award
Gold Award for three students.All three students were conferred a letter of offer to ANY engineering course in Singapore Polytechnic
Foss Asia Summit
Invited to showcase the use of open-technology in education
The Schools Challenge “Live Smart @ The East 2019”
1st place2nd PlaceInnovation award
2017 to 2023
Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition
Certificate of Participation
Design Faire @ Ping Yi Sec Sch
1st Place2nd Place
Drones Odyssey Challenge
Maker Faire Extravaganza @OTHMaker Faire Extravaganza @SCS
Invited by Science Centre Singapore to showcase
Maker Education Education Lead School (East Zone)Swift Accelerator Programme 2020
Awarded by MOE- Education Technology DivisionRecipely app created by our student was successfully published on Apple App Store
ETD Hackathon Competition
Certificate of Participation
Host for TPPS Drone Coding Competition
Collaboration with Tampines Primary School Coding activities