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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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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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24 Sep

Temasek Magicland

We collaborated with Temasek Primary School for their school community event, Temasek Magicland. There were different lands setup by the various departments to showcase programmes and initiatives.

Under the TechnoLand we created a challenge mat where the kids had to use a WeDo 2.0 to rescue the penguin from the jungle, pick up the luggage from the airport and fetch the little girl from the playground. Parents and the kids were given the opportunity to pair up as a team to complete the challenges.

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24 Sep

National Junior Robotics Competition 2016

The National Junior Robotics Competition (NJRC) is an exciting and unique event organised annually by Science Centre Singapore. NJRC 2016 was being held from 5 to 10 September 2016 with the theme “Waste Management”. NXT and EV3 sets was being used for the competition. The competition was also opened to International Schools and overseas teams. Duck Learning held the side events consisting of the Sumo Bot Race and the Sprint Race.
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15 Aug

Malay Language Fiesta 2016 organised by the Malay Language Learning and Promotion Committee (MLLPC)

The Malay Language Learning and Promotion Committee (MLLPC) was set up by the Ministry of Education in February 2006 to garner community support to develop in students an abiding interest in Malay language, literature and culture. The Committee collaborates with the Malay community organisations, the media, Institutes of Higher Learning and schools to organise language, literature and cultural activities.

Temsek Primary showcase using StoryStarter as an educational solution in their mother tongue lessons at the MOE event with MP Dr Faishal.

 

 

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14 Jun

PCF Teachers Convention 2016

Duck Learning has been invited to showcase our complete educational solutions for preschools at the PCF Teachers’ Convention 2016, organised by PAP Community Foundation on the 8 & 9 June at  the Republic Polytechnic Cultural Centre. The two-day Convention was attended by approximately 375 PCF Centre Leaders and 3,700 PCF educators and invited guests from government agencies and international schools.

This convention provide a platform for PCF leaders and educators to keep abreast of the latest developments in the early childhood sector in both research and in teaching and learning, reflect on ways to improve the way they deliver educational outcomes to the young children enrolled in PCF Sparkletots Preschools, collectively recommit on being professionals who nurture the young with passion and serve the community with pride as well as inspire each other to continuous professional development.

We are proud to be part of this convention, speaking to educators and showcasing our full range of preschool resources as a complete educational solution.

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13 Jun

Temasek STEM Conference for Educators

To facilitate 21st Century Learning in the classroom, Duck Learning is committed to providing platforms for educators and students to share and learn best practices in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Education. Till date, we organise the annual FIRST LEGO League Singapore tournament, the Robofest STEM Conference in collaboration with Rulang Primary School and co-organise the National Junior Robotics Competition with the Science Centre Singapore.

This year, we are proud to organise the Temasek STEM Conference, in collaboration with Temasek Primary School. This inaugural conference provide an excellent opportunity for teachers, mainly from schools in the East Zone of Singapore to learn from distinguished speakers and workshops, share ideas and network with one another to leverage upon each other’s expertise.

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More than 100 educators from Primary & Secondary schools in Singapore attended the 2 day STEM conference. We would like to thank our distinguished speakers for their valuable time and for sharing their expertise with us.

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  • Keynote speech by Mr. Saminathan Gopal, Principal, STEM Inc
  • Empowering educators using 21st Century teaching pedagogies by
    Mr. Gary Lim, Senior Partners-in-Learning Director, Microsoft Education
  • Sharing on STEM Initiatives and Opportunities by the Rob Smith, Snr Technical Architect APC & Esther Nai, Foundation APAC Programs Manager, Salesforce Org
  • Sharing by Mrs Seah, HOD of ICT, Temasek Primary School
  • Sharing by Mr. Wayne Burnett, Deputy Head (Primary), European Section; Information Literacy Specialist, German European School
  • What skills we need to develop in our students today to allow them to thrive in the science and technology industry tomorrow by Mr. Ives Lim, PhD Candidate. Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore
  • Sharing on FIRST LEGO League by Mr. Hozefa Aziz, CEO, Duck Learning

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Participants also had a  hands-on LEGO building experience and discover how hands-on learning can be integrated into multiple subject areas.

  • Session 1: Tinkering in the Learning of Interactions & Energy Concepts in Science
  • Session 2:Robotics in Work Project Work
  • Session 3: Hands-on Language Skills Development Using Technology
  • Session 4: Engineering & Systems Thinking in the Classroom
  • Session 5:The Middle Road: The foundations of robotics

The Temasek STEM Conference ended with a focus group discussion as well as a STEM Unconference where  participants took the lead by discussing how they want to integrate STEM into the education experiences that they provide for students and each group proposed a STEM activity that they will conduct in their school/ group of schools.

About Temasek STEM Conference 2016
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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