DESIGN & AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING (DAE) PROGRAMME
|Thur, 3.15 – 5.30pm||ALP Room F02-04||Mr Johnny Wee (2IC)
Mr Mohammed Hisham
2017 has been an eventful year for Infocomm Club as we welcome our new extension – Infocomm Club (ALP). This new wing offers students opportunities to understand aeronautical science and apply their scientific knowledge and design skills to the mechanics of flying machines.
For students who are interested in making flying machines, they went through a ten-week course on the aeronautical science and make of the flying model.
The Design and Aeronautical Engineering (DAE) programme at Ping Yi offer students an opportunity to understand aeronautical science and apply their scientific knowledge and design skills in areas beyond the classroom.
Through a hands-on and experiential approach that encourages both creative and analytical thinking, students will be able to observe and analyse aeronautical phenomena, conduct experiments to demonstrate concepts, embark on learning journeys as well as design and create their own gliders as part of their lessons. The programme will focus on the theory of flight, the history and development of aviation as well as modern and future developments in aerospace technology.
Fundamentals of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Design are integrated into the DAE curriculum to develop and reinforce the self-directed and collaborative learning processes of the students in schools today. This is in addition to design skills that will allow them to flourish as creative thinkers, engineers and scientists of tomorrow.
Ping Yi aims to provide holistic education and develop students who are upright in character, passionate about learning and innovative in spirit so as to prepare them for the challenges of a global economy. We have successfully embarked on a special partnership with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), as one of only six schools in their Aviation in Schools Initiative. This will allow Ping Yians to have even more unique opportunities to learn about the aviation industry in Singapore.
The DAE programme will develop students’ abilities in the Scientific Method for investigating and acquiring new knowledge, and expose them to elements of the Design Process for the appreciation and design of functional elements in aircraft engineering. Most importantly, the programme will equip students with the creative confidence and intellectual curiosity for life-long learning.
Students will have various opportunities to develop their creativity, such as the Young Engineers’ Award programme organised by Singapore Polytechnic and supported by the Science Centre as well as related Advanced Elective Modules (AEMs) with various polytechnics. They may also learn Computer Aided Design software to enhance their modelling and prototyping techniques, or be selected to participate in various platforms, such as the Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition and Shell STEM Youth Innovation Challenge organised by the Science Centre.
WHAT WILL MY CHILD EXPERIENCE IN THE DAE PROGRAMME?
Students will get to learn about aeronautical science and the basics of design in an approach that emphasises authentic and practice-oriented learning experiences. They will be given opportunities g to acquire skills and qualities based on the practical application of knowledge in real-world contexts, and strongly support our focus on developing 21st-century competencies and values in our students. Lessons will be characterised by hands-on activities such as the exploration of air drag effects in a wind tunnel, building and construction of their own gliders, and scientific experiments such as DIY barometers to measure air pressure as well as simple electrolysis to generate oxygen from water.
Over the next three years of their time in school, students will also be exposed to a wide range of enrichment programmes that are designed to expand their horizons and familiarize them with upcoming technologies in the real world. These will include the design, construction and control of quadcopter drones, free-flight gliders, computer-aided design and 3D-printing.
Unique programmes such as the international Mission to Mars project organised by the Singapore Science Centre and NASA will give talented students the opportunity to learn about interplanetary travel, interact with their peers from all over the world, and present their findings in international learning journeys.