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CVSS Aeronautics Applied Learning Programme

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Singapore’s aerospace industry has been growing at an average of 8.6% annually over the last 20 years and we now have a 10% share of the global aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul market. CVSS’s Aeronautics ALP in the domain of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) thus provides a distinctive, valuable proposition to our stakeholders in the Sengkang/Punggol community especially with the fast-growing Seletar Aerospace Park being right in the vicinity.

Through the ALP, students sharpen their competencies in critical and inventive thinking, and hone their problem-solving skills through linking what they have learnt in the core subjects of Physics, Design and Technology and Mathematics to hands-on learning in aeronautics. 

STEM-in-Aeronautics Modules

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L: Students preparing their glider for the Singapore Amazing Flying Challenge (SAFMC) 2018
R: Students visiting Airshow 2018

All Secondary 1 students went through a 20-hour Basic STEM-in-Aeronautics (SiA) module during curriculum time in Semester 2. Our students enjoyed learning about the science behind flight through various videos and hands-on demonstrations. Students got to see the theory come to life as they perform several different experiments as well. The Basic SiA module also provided students the opportunity to design, build and fly their own foam gliders. All Secondary 2 students went through a 20-hour Intermediate SiA module during curriculum time in Semester 1. They got the opportunity to learn about the science behind flight, with a focus on the mechanisms involved in the flying of drones. Students got to try their hand at controlling a drone remotely and getting it to complete specific tasks. The Secondary 2 module finally exposed students to basic programming as they wrote out simple programmes which allowed their drones to complete an obstacle course autonomously. Students will receive the Singapore Polytechnic Bronze/Silver Young Engineers Award upon completion of the basic/intermediate module respectively.

The SiA modules culminated in level-wide learning festivals carried out as part of the school’s
post-examination activities. Selected groups of Secondary 2 students were chosen to represent their classes in two competitions – the Drone Obstacle Challenge in which teams had to programme their drone to complete an obstacle course in the shortest time possible and the Personal Aerial Vehicle (PAV) Design Competition in which teams envisioned what PAVs would look like in the future and shared their designs with other students who visited their booths. Our Secondary 1 students were also given the opportunity to represent their classes in the Foam Glider Challenge, in which groups were evaluated in either of two categories – the flight category or the aesthetics category.

Our students also participated in other enrichment programmes. This year, our Secondary One students had the opportunity to explore their creativity and develop their design-thinking skills through maker activities around the theme of aeronautics using the prototyping kit, Strawbees. Our Secondary Two students had the opportunity to visit the aeronautical facilities at the post-secondary educational institutions and the Singapore Youth Flying Club in late May where they saw first-hand some of the recent developments in the aeronautical field. 

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From left to right: Sec 2 students learning about Singapore Polytechnic’s A320 flight simulator as part of a level-wide Sec 2 ALP enrichment activity to the various post-secondary educational institutions. Students using the Strawbees kit to build various 3D structures as part of the ALP Makers Day.

Aeronautics Co-Curricular Programme

Students have ample opportunities to attend aeronautics-related Elective Modules and Advanced Elective Modules conducted by ITE/polytechnics, go on local and overseas learning journeys at aeronautics vocational institutions/industrial companies and take part in aeronautics competitions. Students who are very keen in this field will also have a chance to further develop their interests and aptitude through participation in the Aeronautics Club where they are given the opportunity to learn about advanced aeronautical applications such as drone programming and aerial mapping.

Some highlights of 2018 include our achievements in various aeronautic competitions such as the Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition, jointly organised by the Singapore Science Centre and the Defence Science Organisation. The objective of the competition is to promote aeromodelling among students through the design and making of flying machines, such as gliders and radio-controlled planes. Despite facing stiff competition from more than 400 participating teams, our North Stars did us proud by clinching a total of 8 awards in the Unpowered Gliders and Fixed-Wing Radio Controlled Flight categories. In particular, our North Stars emerged Champions in the Unpowered Gliders Category as they showed overall excellence in all aspects of the competition.  

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  1. Our North Stars emerged Champions in the Unpowered Glider Category at the Singapore Amazing Flying Competition 2018; 

                    1. Sec 2 students presenting their PAV designs to their peers and juniors as part of the ALP learning festival; 

    Our North Stars presenting their fixed-wing radio controlled glider to Dr. Maliki Osman, guest-of-honour at the SAFMC 2018 prize presentation