DSA – Robotics and Programming
PHSS is looking for Primary 6 students who possess special talents in Robotics (and Programming) and are able to present their ideas with clarity in various medium.
Parents and students are encouraged to choose wisely based on the student’s aptitudes and strengths, bearing in mind the school’s academic and non-academic requirements, and the programmes available to develop the area of talent.
Students who are successfully admitted to the school via DSA are expected to honour their commitment to the school, and participate in the activities related to the talent they are selected for from Secondary 1 to 4.
The admission criteria are shown below.
- ROBOTICS (and Programming) CRITERIA
- LEGO NXT Robotics System or LEGO EV3 Robotics System
- LEGO Programming (Robolab / Mindstorm/ EV3)
- CoSpace Programming
- FTC Robotics System
- Vex Robotics System
- Arduino System
- Micro:bits microcontroller system
- Scratch Programming
- C Programming
- Python Programming
- Any other programming languages
Level of Experience and Exposure: Participations in CCA, national or/and international robotics competitions, showcasing and projects.
Applicants do not need to possess ALL of the above criteria to be considered.
The selection process will involve an e-interview and an e-selection test through video-conferencing at the applicants’ primary schools. The e-selection test requires applicants to attempt a hands on programming task (online lesson will be provided prior to the task).
|Level of Experience & Exposure||25%|
|Portfolio (students’ work)||25%|
|E-Interview and e-selection Test||50%|
Application Procedures for 2020
Here are the procedures for DSA-Robotics (and Programming) application in Pei Hwa Secondary School.
|Stage||Things to note||Things to do|
|1||Application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge. For more information, please refer to MOE website – www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec||
|3||All DSA applicants will be notified by 14 Sept 2020 on the outcome of their application. The decision of the interview panel is final.
|Possible outcomes of selection:
|4||Students who receive at least one DSA-Sec offer will receive notification on the School Preference Submission in Oct 2020.
Why Join Pei Hwa Applied Learning Programme: Robotics & Programming
Robotics is not just a CCA in Pei Hwa Secondary School. It is a platform for us to provide holistic development for all Pei Hwaians. We have a structured Robotics Experiential Education Programme for all staff and students, such as Teachers’ Training Programme, Micro:bits training for Secondary 1 and 2 students to equip them with Maker and Programming skills.
With innovation as one of the school’s new strategic thrusts, we have explored new ideas to align our programmes to promote innovation in our students. We have embarked in the Digital Makers’ Programme rolled out by Infocomm Media Development Authority. The Programme aims to grow the maker culture through the introduction of simple-to-use and open-ended technologies that the baseline users will be comfortable using.
Our Secondary 1 students are exposed to Micro:bits, an entry-level programmable microcontroller, which will be loaned to our students to inspire them to explore the possibilities of digital making. After the training, they would be actively looking at how they can use Micro:bits to make improvement to their lives in the school community.
Our Secondary 2 students would deepen their learning of Micro:bits with the introduction of new sensors, which would allow them wider options and to come with more complex solutions. After the training, they would be working on their projects to benefit selected VWOs.
Beyond the two years of level-wide programmes, students are given many opportunities to solve real world problems through coding and making. We believe coding literacy would be one of the most important skills that we need to equip our students to prepare them for the future world.
Pinnacle Achievements in 2018 and 2019
Outstanding Contribution Award
In April 2018, Pei Hwa Secondary School received the Outstanding Contribution Award from RoboCup Singapore for actively contributing to the CoSpace community through organising RoboCupJunior CoSpace Pei Hwa Challenge for the past 5 years. The award is not only dedicated to the hardworking ALP Team but also to all colleagues who had worked hard and supported the Robotics Programme.
CCA Achievements 2019
In April, the Robotics Club participated in the Robocup Singapore Open organized by RoboCup Singapore, Robotics & Maker Academy (RMA), Singapore Polytechnic (SP), Singapore Science Centre and supported by Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) and National Infocomm Competition. Team Pei Hwa clinched a total of 9 awards from the various categories. The team was also awarded the Best Achievement Award, an award reserved for the best performing school in this event.
The school was invited to represent Singapore in RoboCup Asia Pacific 2019 in Tianjin, China and Moscow, Russia.
Accolades in Robotics and Programming
We have won many awards in local and overseas competitions for the past years.
Award Ceremony for RoboCup Singapore 2017
RCJ CoSpace Rescue Championship Award for Team Category in Netherlands 2013
RCJ CoSpace Rescue Championship Award for Team Category in Japan 2017
- 2017 Silver Award, RoboCupJunior CoSpace Rescue Individual Category, Japan
- 2013 Championship Award, RoboCupJunior CoSpace Rescue Team Category, Netherlands
- 2013 Bronze Award, RoboCupJunior CoSpace Rescue Team Category, Netherlands
- 2012 2nd runner-up in the Robocup Junior Cospace Rescue Team Category, Mexico
- 2011 Championship Award, RoboCupJunior Cospace Rescue Individual Category, Turkey
- Singapore National CoSpace and RoboMaker Challenge
- RobocupJunior Singapore Open
- National Junior Robotics Competition (NJRC)
- Asia-Pacific Vex Championship
- Singapore Robotics Games (Micromouse)
- Singapore Robo Grand Prix
Please refer to our Robotics CCA website for more information.
Infusion of Coding and Making into New Project Work
In our effort to develop innovative and compassionate citizens as social innovators, the school came up with a New Project Work. The project work curriculum leverages on the school’s innovation cycle (adapted from Design Thinking) to develop empathy in our students as they need to put themselves in the shoes’ of the end users to understand the problems they faced. Students would use the coding and making skills learnt during ALP sessions to develop a prototype solution to meet the needs of their target audience. The New Project Work integrates our school’s distinctive programmes (Robotics and Programming and Community Youth Leadership ) and provides a more holistic and enriching experience for our students. In addition, they learn important 21st CC skills and competencies through the project work experience. We believe that such authentic learning experience is crucial in preparing our students for the Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous world that our students would live in.
The theme for Secondary 1 Project Work is School Improvement. Students work in teams to find out the needs of various stakeholders in the school using PHSS Innovation Cycle and brainstorm how they can make use of Micro:bits to meet their needs.
The theme for Secondary 2 Project Work is serving the VWOs in the community. Students work in teams and go beyond the school to find out the needs of the VWOs adopted by the class using PHSS Innovation Cycle and brainstorm how they can make use of Micro:bits to meet their needs.
Opportunity for International Competition
The school stays true to its motto “Nurturing Talents” by sending students from our Robotic Club (CCA) to overseas competition. This exposure helps to broaden the students’ horizons and enhances their level of competency in various skills such as robot building and programming, leadership, communication, teamwork, and reinforces values such as resilience and excellence. These students would then share at the CCA level on the building and programming of robots. These students would also play a leadership role through sharing of their experiences to enhance the learning of the others.
Opportunity for Sharing Projects at Different Platforms
The school also provides students with opportunities to share their wonderful project ideas with the wider community. Our students came up with innovative Micro:bit Projects which were shared during various events such as Stemnovation Week, Openhouse, Singapore Maker Extravaganza, SG:Digital Wonderland and EduTech Asia. In 2018, our students were also invited to share their project ideas with the CEO of Micro:bits Foundation in March. In addition, one of our projects, the Panic Button, was featured in Time Machine, which is an infotainment programme which adopts a light-hearted way to show the roles and benefits of science and technology in this modern society.
1. How many places can Pei Hwa Secondary offer in DSA Exercise?
Under the School Distinctive Programme initiative, our school may offer up to a maximum of 20% of the total Secondary 1 intake for the year.
2. Can my child take part in the DSA exercise if he/she is currently not studying in any of the MOE schools?
Your child will need to obtain a registration number from MOE Customer Service Centre before he/she can take part in this exercise. For international students, more information can be found here.
3. Will my child be part of the Robotics CCA if he is successful in the DSA application?
Your child will be automatically channelled into Robotics Club as his/her CCA through the DSA Exercise. Hence, your child will not be involved in the CCA Selection Process during the CCA orientation week.
4. Can my child/ward apply for transfer after getting a confirmed place?
Similar to previous years, students who have been admitted to a school through the DSA-Sec Exercise will not be able to participate in the centralised Secondary One Posting Exercise.
Students who have been successfully allocated to a school via the DSA-Sec Exercise are expected to honour their commitment to their posted DSA-Sec schools and will thus not be allowed to transfer to another school after the release of the PSLE results.