“Creative Robotics and Engineering”, the Applied Learning Programme (ALP) of Bukit Merah Secondary School, allows all Merahans to experience a two-year programme that infuses the Design Thinking (DT) methodology and problem-based learning. Designed to be user-centric, focusing on the applications of robotics and engineering in solving real world problems, this programme aims to ignite the inventiveness of students and develop their critical thinking skills.
Tier 1 Programme
The Secondary One ALP programme allows students to experience coding, programming mBots to carry out a series of tasks while creatively giving their mBots a personality, fusing application with aesthetics.
The Secondary Two ALP programme further challenges students to rethink and redesign the programming of the robot to solve a simulated real-life context problem. Students have to apply their knowledge in coding learnt in Secondary One, as well as design a suitable hardware using a 3D Computer-Aided Drawing (CAD) software before fabricating it with rapid prototyping technology using 3D printers.
Tier 2 Programme
The tier 2 programme provides students who have shown interest or flair in coding and engineering a platform to showcase these talents. An example of such interest groups can be found in two Co-Curricular activities, namely the Infocomm & Robotic Club (IRC) and the Design & Innovation Club (DNI). Students are given opportunities to display their talents in various STEM-related competitions, such as the STEM Shell Challenge, F1 in Schools, Toy Design Competition and National Earthquake Competition.
Through the ALP programme, the school not only aims to provide our budding future programmers and engineers a platform to discover and display their talents, but more importantly, to develop every Merahan to be inventive and critical thinkers in order to excel in the rapidly changing 21st century.