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Applied Learning Programme (STEM)
Action for a Sustainable Future Through Science
While Punggol Green Primary’s niche of Environmental Education has always been aimed at generating greater awareness amongst the student population of the environmental issues confronting the world today and developing environmental champions, the school’s Applied Learning Programme (ALP) aims to act as a springboard for students to apply a combination of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) make sense of and solve environmental issues confronting us today through innovative and inventive thinking.
P3 and P4 students will be provided structured platforms that promote creativity through collective thinking, guided by the Design Thinking approach. Tying in Environmental Education (EE) into our core Science curriculum through Authentic Project-Based Learning (PjBL) enables all P3 - P5 students to see the relevance of the concepts and skills that they have learnt and creatively apply them to real world issues such as land and energy scarcity. Through the process, students develop greater resilience from experiences of productive failure.
The school’s ALP will also work in tandem with several other initiatives that advocate environmental education such as VIA & P6 Advocacy. It will also leverage on school wide platforms such as Earth Hour, World Water Day and more for all students to apply their knowledge.
Particularly passionate students will have greater opportunities to advocate environmental causes and inspire their peers / community to act. With the thought of attaining sustainability at heart, these environmental champions will be supported with further opportunities to collaborate with external partners and experts in the fields of environmental sustainability.
We would like to create a MakerSpace@PGPS that will serve as a collaborative workspace for making, learning, exploring and sharing that focuses on evoking curiosity in learning, developing inventive thinking and encouraging a dare-to-try spirit. In addition to the materials that will be provided for students to tinker with, the MakerSpace will have materials salvaged from recycled objects (gathered through school wide efforts) that will challenge our “green” engineers who innovate and create with the environment in mind. The access to tools and equipment will also facilitate the continued relevance and evolution of the ALP programme as it can evolve in tandem with the changes in the environmental landscape since students will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to use these tools in new and inventive ways.