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19 Dec

Robofest STEM Conference 2017

On 13th March, in collaboration with Rulang Primary School and its annual Robofest STEM Conference, Duck Learning conducted workshops ranging from robotics with the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Education, LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 and PowerUp 3.0 – a creative tool for learning, experimentation, and creativity. We also experimented with the Horizon Renewable Energy Science Education set and the IAMCARDBOARD by Google, making new experiences possible with virtual reality.

Teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) in an integrated manner has become essential in today’s learning environment in order to prepare students for the economy of the future.

Rulang Primary School in collaboration with Duck Learning (Exclusive Partner of LEGO Education in Singapore) invites educators and community leaders to join us for an engaging conference and seminar bringing 21st-century skills and STEM to life in the classroom.

 

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01 Nov

Regent Secondary School

Last month, about 15 students from Regent Secondary had an after-school Learning Journey to our Innovation Lab. The boys attended a basic LEGO hands-on session using the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3.

During the hour session, the first task was for the students to build up the Robot Educator in groups of 3. They were excited to build up the Robot from scratch. Next up, was learning how to program the Robot Educator. After understanding how to properly program it, they were then challenged to race their Robot in a straight line.

The final part of the session gave the boys a form of creativity to modify their Robot before they challenged amongst one another in the SumoBot Challenge to see what they’ve learned from the programming and push their opponent out of the ring.

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23 Oct

Trial Workshop | Parent Accompanied

Trial Workshop

Want to introduce robotics, coding or STEM to your child? Here’s a perfect opportunity for you, at just $10*!

FUNTastic Gears (ESM) | Car Launcher

This workshop is only applicable for FIRST-TIMER* only!
Age: 4 years to 5.5 years old.
Date: 31 October or 8 November 2017

What to Expect: 

In this workshop, we will attempt to build a car launcher which sparks curiosity around the kids and explore the basic mechanical principle such as force and friction.

Learning Values:

  • Exploring energy and friction, push and pull, and wheels.

Key Objectives:

  • How movement can be described in many ways
  • How push and pull affect the movement and shape of objects

                                                                                                             Click to register for 31 Oct     |   Click to register for 8 Nov


Robotics & Coding with WeDo 2.0 | Milo Rover

This workshop is only applicable for FIRST-TIMER* only!
Age: 6 years to 9 years old.
Date: 26 October or 7 November 2017

What to Expect: 

In this workshop, we will be building up Milo, the Science Rover which will kickstart children into the world of scinence and coding.

Learning Values:

  • Discover ways that scientists and engineers can use rovers to explore places where humans cannot go.

Key Objectives:

  • Explore different ways scientists and engineers reach remote places.
  • Create and program Milo the Science Rover.
  • Document how Milo can help you discover a special plant specimen.
                                                                           

Click to register for 26 Oct     |   Click to register for 7 Nov


S I G N  U P  &   R E D E E M

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At just $10 to sign up for a workshop, attendees will also get to redeem a free “LearnToLearn” kit by LEGO Education. 

Hurry, register now to learn about STEM education through playful learning!


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27 Sep

National Robotics Competition 2017

The National Junior Robotics Competition is an exciting and unique event organised annually by Science Centre Singapore. This robotics competition encourages students to develop problem solving skills, entrepreneurial skills, creative thinking skills and team spirit among participants. NJRC is about celebrating the process of learning through interactive, meaningful experiences.

Science Centre is pleased to announce the first iteration of the revamped competition “National Robotics Competition” (NRC). The relaunch hoped to reach out to students from all levels in the Education spectrum and to also engage the public on the importance of Robotics and STEM education for our younger generation.

Among the changes are a category for students between 6-8 years of age, a robotic arm hackathon and a category in which science and robotics come together in a very realistic manner!

The competition was held from 4 – 8 Sep 2017 during the September school holidays. Duck Learning also had an interactive booth where we showcased our products and solutions.

Day 1 & 2 of the National Robotics Competition begin with the WRO Primary category with over 120 teams taking part and participants aged between 9 to 12 years old. 

Introduction Primary Category: The mission of the robot is to bring Scientists and Visitors from the Start Area to the Scientist and Visitor Areas (S&V’s). The robot must also move an endangered animal discovered in an S&V to the adjacent rainforest (the green Endangered Species Areas) or to the adjacent ocean (the blue Endangered Species Areas). The mission is completed when the robot is within the Finish Area.

With about 20 teams taking part in the challenge for the first time, we were very excited to debut Duck Learning’s very own Junior Challenge, a mission-based challenge to be completed by a robot built from LEGO Education WeDo 2.0. The Jr. Challenge was debut on the second day of NRC. 

For Day 3 & Day 4 of the National Robotics Competition, teams are from Secondary & Tertiary, competing in the WRO Challenge. The WRO Secondary category had over 120 participating teams and the Tertiary category had close to 30 teams taking part in the challenge. 

Introduction Secondary Category: Greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, emitted by human activities like transportation, industrial processes, and energy production affect the temperature of our planet. The Challenge is to make a robot that can help one company reach carbon neutrality. To accomplish this, the robot must install renewable energy sources, like solar panels, and plant trees to counterbalance the emissions from the industrial processes of the company.

Introduction Tertiary Category: The demand for electricity is increasing every day. More facilities like wind farms that generate electricity from renewable and clean energy sources are needed. The Challenge is to make a robot that helps to build a wind farm. The robot will select the best places to build the different wind generators of the wind farm in order to ensure maximum efficiency from the generators and no impact on the environment.

The final day of NRC held the WRO Open category, Science Automatica and Robot Arm (Open and Advanced).

Sustainabots [Robots for Sustainability]
For the WRO Open category, the mission this year is to build a robot that makes your region more sustainable in one of the following four goals:

  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Climate action
  • Life on land

The finale of the National Robotics Competition 2017 was the awards ceremony. The Guest of Honor, Mr. Johan, Managing Director of ABB Singapore and Prof Lim, CE of Science Centre closed this year’s National Robotics Competition 2017. 

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28 Jun

Zhonghua Robotics Festival

Zhonghua Secondary School
Robotics Festival | LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3

Zhonghua Secondary School recently held their robotics festival which is in conjunction with the completion of Robotics and Computing Program. This gives them the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired, by representing their class in either the SumoBot Challenge or the Unseen Challenge.

Students from Primary schools around the area, such as Pei Chun Public School, Zhonghua Primary, and Rosyth School, were invited to be a part of their festival.

The side challenge being the SumoBot Challenge had students compete with each other through the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 by having the robot pushed each other out of the ring.

For the main challenge, The Unseen Challenge, it is an overblown cyclone and the task was to program the robot to help in the disaster relief effort of the city that was battling the aftermath of the cyclone. Two missions that needed to be accomplished, firstly to retrieve food supply and second, to retrieve medical supply.  20170525_091246 20170525_093641 20170525_102729 20170525_102808 20170525_102855 image4

 

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08 Jun

Temasek STEM Conference 2017

For the second year running, we are proud to organise the Temasek STEM Conference in collaboration with Temasek Primary School. Providing an opportunity for teachers primarily from the East Zone, to learn from our distinguished speaker and workshops, share ideas and network with one another to leverage each other’s expertise.

Over 80 educators Primary & Secondary schools in Singapore attended the STEM conference. We would like to thank our distinguished speaker, Dr. Koh Niak Wu for his valuable time and for sharing his expertise with us. 

Dr. Koh Niak Wu is the CEO of Cosmiqo International Pte Ltd where he leads innovation efforts in supply chains and operational analytics. His work involves the development of analytics engines that advance virtual control towers. He believes in the power of technology and how it redefines an economy.

The concurrent session saw participants through a hands-on LEGO building experience and discovered how hands-on learning can be integrated into multiple subject areas. The sessions conducted were:
  • Session 1: Time calculation & Measurement with LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3
  • Session 2: Tinkering in the Learning of Interactions & Energy Concepts in Science
  • Session 3: Using StoryStarter as a language resource in the classroom
  • Session 4: Geometry with LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3
  • Session 5: Science Exploration with WeDo 2.0

The Temasek STEM Conference ended with a STEM Unconference where participants discussed what they have learnt from the Conference and how they intended to integrate STEM into the education experiences for students.

About Temasek STEM Conference 2017
Educators and Professionals from the Education Industry will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from the best STEM practices in schools from Singapore and around the region.
  • Understand how educators are making hands-on learning an effective way of developing 21st Century Competencies in their students.
  • Hands-on LEGO building experience and discover how hands-on learning can be integrated into multiple subject areas
  • Collaborate with other participants to create a shared vision and manifesto for STEM Education.
  • Find like-minded partners from schools and the industry to help jump-start exciting initiatives in your school.
  • Become part of a community of hands-on STEM learning advocates.

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04 May

FIRST LEGO League Jr. 2016/2017| Creature Craze Challenge

Singapore – 4th May 2017, Saturday – Last weekend, participants from various schools aged 6 to 9 years took part in the first ever held FIRST LEGO League Jr. Singapore during Tech Saturday at the Sands and Expo Convention Centre and was officiated by Minister Yaacob Ibrahim.

FIRST LEGO League is a joint initiative by US-based FIRST (Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) and LEGO to inspire young people to get excited about careers in science and technology, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

Targeting students from 6-9 years old, FIRST LEGO League Jr. consists of 2 parts: the LEGO model, and research for the Show Me poster. The first part consists of a research project and a presentation based on the theme for the season. The theme for this season is “Creature Craze” which challenges participants in each team to identify an animal that lives in the same habitat as the honey bees. This encourages students to teach others what they learned from the research findings.   The next part consists of the LEGO Model which requires students to build an animal in relation to the Inspire set consisting of the honey bee and to make sure at least one part of the model moves.

Teams presented their Show Me poster to judges on the 29th April 2017. Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, officiated the prizegiving ceremony for our top awards.

The side event included the FUNtastic Challenge where teams were tasked to create a model from the design library; Frog, Gorilla, Spider, Snake and Mantis. Participants were given a guide to building using only three pictures. Teams then had to program and build the model within the time given. Teams then displayed their end product and story-tell their experience.

Duck Learning is proud to be the principal sponsor and organiser of the FIRST LEGO League in Singapore. The event is co-organised by IMDA and IMDA Pixel Labs. FIRST LEGO League is also part of the National Infocomm Competition by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and is supported by IMDA.

 

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16 Mar

Code for Fun Enrichment Program by IMDA

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The highly subsidised Code for Fun Enrichment Programme is offered to all MOE Primary and Secondary schools to increase students’ exposure to coding and computational thinking.

Fees for students’ training and purchase of education kits under the programme are heavily subsidised by IDA (up to 70% for students training and 50% for education kits).

Duck Learning is proud to present our program for the Code for Fun Enrichment program using LEGO Education WeDo or LEGO® MINDSTORMS Education EV3.

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Please download the application form to apply for your program or contact us [email protected] for more information.

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08 Mar

FIRST LEGO League 2016/2017| Animal Allies Challenge

Singapore – 8th March 2017, Wednesday– Last Saturday, over 1000 youths aged 9 to 16 years took part in the finals of the FIRST LEGO League  Tournament in Singapore. FIRST LEGO League is a joint initiative by US-based FIRST (Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) and LEGO to inspire young people to get excited about careers in science and technology, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

The FIRST LEGO League targets students from 9-16 years old. Consisting of 3 parts in FIRST LEGO League: the Robot Game, the Project, and the FIRST LEGO League Core Values. The first part consists of a research project and a presentation based on the theme for the season. The theme for this season is “Animal Allies” which challenges participants in each team to identify a problem that happens when animals and humans interact; created an innovative solution that made the interaction better for animals, people, or both; and shared their solution with others. The next part consists of a robot game which requires students to build a robot using LEGO parts to complete missions on a challenge mat.

Teams presented their projects to expert judges on the 3rd March 2017 and competed in the robot game on 4th March 2017. Mr Shane Armstrong, CEO of Canadian International School, officiated the prizegiving ceremony on 4th March 2017 at Canadian International School (Lakeside campus).

Since 2014, the number of teams taking part in this competition every year has been doubling, showing the keen interest in STEM that current students possess.

Duck Learning is proud to be the principal sponsor and organiser of the FIRST LEGO League in Singapore. The event is co-organised by Canadian International School and IMDA Pixel Labs. FIRST LEGO League is also part of the National Infocomm Competition by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and is supported by IMDA.

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22 Dec

Infocomm Media Youth Festival (ICMYF) 2016 

Duck Learning was invited to be a part of ICYM 2016 where we held two booths and multiple workshops. One of our booths called the Coders Gym had our participants dive into an inflatable pool to retrieve 6 similar coloured LEGO Softbricks which had the block instructions to help in programming the LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 set helicopter. After which, it had to pick up the bricks and then transport them to the main playfield and then release the bricks. 

Our other booth called the Detective Den had the participants analysed data and input them into a spreadsheet to calculate from the most cheapest product to the most expensive in cost, then they had to look for the items analysed and placed them on the shelf in consecutive order.

Lastly, our presence at the Festival had us holding different workshops ranging from LEGO Education WeDo 2.0, LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Core Set and LEGO Education WeDo 1.0. The kids who attended the different workshops were given the chance to challenge the stronger robot with the pullbot, program an alligator’s jaw and program the robot with the robot educator.

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