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Applied Learning Programme (ALP) - PROJECT S.H.I.N.E 

ALP Project Shine

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An integrated Student-centred and Holistic programme that develops Innovation and Nurtures Empathy

In our effort to provide a vibrant learner-centred environment that is conducive to student development and achievement, we have introduced Applied Learning Programme - SHINE in 2014 where BDSians’ learning will be maximized to help them be motivated learners who are able to work in teams or independently, to experiment with ideas, explore their talents and contribute to the community. Through this programme, we seek to involve students to work towards a solution to a problem that addresses a genuine need.

Student Outcomes

To develop in our students – life-long values, skills and 21st century competencies and skills to lead themselves and others towards exploring their talents and potential and contributing to the community.   

Creative and critical thinkers to develop their knowledge, skills, values and attitudes towards learning. Students will see the relevance and value of what they are learning and develop in them a love for learning. They will see value beyond an assessment grade and experience the sense of purpose and achievement that comes with productive activity. Students will think creatively while brainstorming possible ideas to design challenge.

Effective Communicators and Collaborators to develop confidence when communicating with each other and to motivate them to work in teams or independently. Students will learn to tap on each other’s strengths and assigned varying roles in order to collaboratively work as a team among a group of diverse learners. They will need to speak up and share their ideas, each contributing to the success of the group.  

Serve with conviction to allow students to see the relevance and value of what they are learning and paying it back to the community. Over time, students come to regard themselves as productive people who can set their minds to something and make it happen; people who can make a difference to their own lives and more importantly, make a difference in the quality of the lives of other people. Students will seek to greater understand the needs of their target audience and to empathise with them through iterations of meaningful conversations.

Approach & Pedagogy

Project S.H.I.N.E. employs the use of other subject content into its programme.

Our curriculum and innovation-focused school culture pairs students’ work in subjects such as Food & Consumer Education, Design & Technology, Science and English with ‘Design Thinking’, a creative problem-solving approach so as to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes they need for individual success and global competitiveness.

Through engagement with a series of progressively complex innovation projects called ‘Design Challenges’, students will develop and achieve the student outcomes mentioned above.

The Design Thinking Framework we use follows the following 4 phases:

 Design Thinking Framework

I) Secondary One

Theme:  Nutritious Health & Diet

Project SHINE: Design challenge - The focus will be on the authentic learning of academic subjects. It will encompass gaining knowledge and practice on having a balanced diet. In the project, students will have to be aware of their own needs as learners, expand their horizon of possibilities, and encourage them to explore their own roles in a project setting.

II) Secondary Two

Theme: Love and Care through Technology

Project SHINE: Design challenge – The focus will be on the authentic learning of academic subjects. It will give students the opportunity to extend the principles and mindset of Design Thinking which they have learnt in Sec 1, so as to gain deeper insight of their target audience through interviews and challenge their creativity to radical ideas and forming low-resolution prototypes for multiple iterative feedback.

III) Secondary Three (Selected students)

Selected students who have done well at their projects and shown deeper understanding of the Design Thinking mindset at Sec 2 Project SHINE will be selected to come on board the school’s Leaders Of Tomorrow Scholarship (LOTS). They will further pursue a Design Challenge on a more self-directed manner in small groups.

In 2017, the ALP LOTS scholars visited Berlin, Germany to participate in a Design Sensorial Masterclass conducted by renowned architect Prof Masayo Abe.

Supplementary Workshop: Haptics & Creative Gymnastics Course

 A 2-day training workshop for lower secondary students was conducted by the Sec 4 ALP scholars to teach two important skills useful for Project SHINE. In the Creative Gymnastics component of the workshop, the students were brought around the school to be sensitised to their surroundings as well as to improve their memory. Through this activity, the students were inspired to appreciate and remember the finer details of natural and man-made structures found all around them. It also helped the students to boost their creativity and stimulate their thinking process. As for the Haptics component of the workshop, the students learnt how to make paper feel sharp, bouncy or elastic simply by cutting, folding and pasting it. They were also encouraged to explore other ways of creating different textures. With these skills in mind and a dosage of creativity, the students came up with haptic book covers to explain the characters, settings and emotions found in children’s storybooks such as Winnie the Pooh and The Three Little Pigs. The Creative Gymnastics and Haptics skills would be useful for the prototype stage of their Design Thinking process during Project SHINE lessons.

Assessment Criteria

Students will be assessed according to an assessment rubric. The assessment will comprise: 

1)    Critical Thinking under Understand Phase 

2)    Critical Thinking under Ideation Phase 

3)  Inventive Thinking under Prototype Phase 

4)    Collaboration throughout all stages