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ALP – Design and Aeronautical Engineering

The Design and Aeronautics Engineering (DAE) programme at Ping Yi offers 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 flying aircraft models. The programme focuses on the theory of flight and the history and development of aviation. 

Fundamentals of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) 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 skillsets and analytical tools that will allow them to flourish as creative thinkers, engineers and scientists of tomorrow. 
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Value Proposition

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 the only seven schools in their Aviation in Schools Initiative. This allows Ping Yians to have even more unique opportunities to learn about the aviation industry in Singapore.

The DAE programme develops students’ abilities in the Scientific Method for investigating and acquiring new knowledge, and exposes them to elements of the Design Process for the appreciation and design of functional elements in aircraft engineering. Most importantly, the programme equips students with the creative confidence and intellectual curiosity for life-long learning.

Students have various opportunities to develop their creativity, such as the Young Engineer’s Award programme organised by Singapore Polytechnic and supported by the Science Centre, and 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 the nation-wide Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition and the Shell STEM Youth Innovation Challenge organised by the Science Centre.

What were the students experience in the DAE Programme? 
Students will 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 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. 

During their time in the 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, drone programming, free-flight gliders, computer-aided design and 3D-printing.


Awards and Competitions

  • “Titans of Tomorrow”: 
    A group of visionary Ping Yians became the “Titans of Tomorrow” when their video proposal on interstellar travel and survival was selected from among 15 other entries from schools around Singapore to be the winner of the “Mission to Titan” Endeavor Space Camp Challenge.

    The four students and their teacher will get to experience an all-expenses paid week-long, hands-on astronaut training experience at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, USA.  The original video can be seen here:






Key Programmes

Special Programmes

  • Youth Mission to Mars 2016: Ten students visited the Houston Space Centre in Houston, USA in June 2016. They listened to a series of talks given by various astronauts and worked with their peers from France and US on a project. This project was presented during the Mars Together Global Summit 2016.

  • Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Digital Wave in Education Programme: Students and teachers visited Seoul, Korea, in October 2018 to participate in recording of the Digital Wave in Education Programme. The programme was voted The Best Programme of the Month by the Korea Communications Standards Commission when it was broadcasted in January 2019.