CVSS Aeronautics Applied Learning Programme
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.
L: Students preparing their glider for the Singapore Amazing Flying Challenge
R: Students visiting Airshow 2018
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.
SiA modules culminated in level-wide learning festivals carried out as part of
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.
Aeronautics Co-Curricular Programme
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.
Our North Stars emerged Champions in the Unpowered Glider Category at the Singapore Amazing Flying Competition 2018;
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