DSA Admission – Robotics & Programming
Direct School Admission (DSA)
DSA-Sec is an initiative by MOE which was introduced in 2004 to give schools greater flexibility in student admission, so as to recognise more diverse range of student achievements and talents. Under the DSA-Sec Exercise, participating schools may select some students for admission via their own admission criteria.
Pei Hwa Secondary School (PHSS) is committed to develop our students as ‘A Leader, A Scholar, An Altruist’. As part of the effort to achieve these desirable outcomes of education, the School launched its Applied Learning Programme (ALP): Robotics and Programming since 2014.
Hence in line with its goal of nurturing talents, we are looking for committed students who demonstrate forte and aptitude in Robotics and Programming.
With the nation’s effort to improve digital literacy and encourage innovation, there is a shift of our ALP focus towards Digital Makers’ Programme where students are encouraged to tinker and create products to solve real world problems through STEM education.
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.
The admission criteria are shown below.
- ROBOTICS & 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 Attainment: Experience / Awards in National or International Robotics Competitions.
Applicants do not need to possess ALL of the above criteria to be considered.
Selection Process and Admission Criteria
The selection process will involve an interview and a selection test which requires applicants to attempt a building and programming task.
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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 be exposed to Micro:bits, an entry-level programmable microcontroller which will be given 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 to wider options and coming up with more complex solutions. After the training, they would be working on their projects to benefit selected VWOs.
Beyond the 2 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 2017 and 2018
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 Robocup Singapore 2019
On the 5th -7th of April 2019, Robotics Club participated in the RoboCup Singapore Open, organized by RoboCup Singapore, Robotics & Maker Academy (RMA), Singapore Polytechnic (SP), Singapore Science Centre, supported by Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and National Infocomm Competition. It is a prestigious competition where our members had to compete against students from schools such as, Hwa Chong Institution and Nanyang Junior College. There were also other competitors from other Asia-Pacific countries such as China, Indonesia and Japan. We are delighted to announce that we clinched a total of 9 awards.
The team was also awarded the Best Achievement Award, an award reserved for the best performing school in this event.
The details of the awards are:
- RoboCup Asia Pacific (RCAP) CoSpace Rescue U12 Challenge – 1st & 2nd Place
- RoboCup Asia Pacific (RCAP) CoSpace Rescue U19 Challenge – 1st & 2nd Place
- RoboCup Asia Pacific (RCAP) CoSpace Rescue FirstSteps U19– 1st & 2nd Place
- RoboCupJunior CoSpace Rescue league – 3rd place
- RoboCup Asia Pacific (RCAP) CoSpace Rescue U19 Friendship Tournament – 1st place
- Best Achievement Award (3rd time)
CCA Achievements Robocup Singapore 2018
In April, the Robotics Club participated in the above-mentioned competition 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 8 awards from the various categories, making us the biggest winner for this whole event.
The school was invited to represent Singapore in RoboCup 2018, which was held in Canada under the CoSpace Rescue category.
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 school website for more information. (/index.php/cca/clubs-societies/19-cca/clubs-societies/35-robotics)
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 are 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. Our students have done well in Robocup Singapore 2017 and they would be representing Singapore in Robocup International which is held in Japan in July 2017.
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 school assembly, Openhouse, Maker Faire, National Computing Seminar and Edu Tech Asia 2017. 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.
Application Procedures for 2019
Here are the procedures for DSA-Robotics and Programming application in Pei Hwa Secondary School.
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|3||All DSA applicants will be notified by 30 August 2019 on the outcome of their application.
The decision of the interview panel is final.
Possible outcomes of selection:
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.
More FAQ found on http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/dsa-sec/faqs/