Why Join Pei Hwa 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 the 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 micro-controller, which will be given to our students to inspire them to explore the possibilities of digital making. After the training, they would be actively working at how they can use Micro:bits to improve 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 widen options and come up with more complex solutions. After the training, they would be working on their projects to benefit a VWO of their choice.
Beyond the 2 years of level-wide programmes, students are given many opportunities to solve real world problems through coding and making. We believe the coding literacy would be one of the most important skills that we need to equip our students to prepare them for the future.
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 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 has been invited to represent Singapore in RoboCup 2018, which is 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.
- 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 page for more information.
Infusion of Robotics 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 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 21CC 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 our Secondary One Project Work is School Improvement. Students work in teams to find out the needs of various stakeholders in the school using Design Thinking and brainstorm how they can make use of Micro:bits to meet their needs.
The theme for the Secondary Two 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 Design Thinking 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 Robotics 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 represented Singapore in Robocup International, which was 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.
Last year, our students came up with innovative Micro:bit Projects, which were shared during various events such as during the school assembly, Maker Faire, National Computing Seminar and Edu Tech Asia 2017. This year, the 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, an infotainment programme that shows the roles and benefits of science and technology in this modern society.