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STEM (Applied Learning Programme)

Beattyians Think. Create. Innovate.


At Beatty Secondary School, nurturing Thinkers, Learners and Contributors takes centre stage in our Applied Learning Programme (ALP) with a focus on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  Beyond imparting content knowledge and skills such as coding, our strong belief in inculcating values that will prepare our students for the future drives the programme undergirded by Design Thinking, a design methodology to develop creative strategies to resolve pressing issues.  Through such exploration, our students can uncover innate talents and abilities, promote ingenuity as well as develop resilience that are invaluable life skills.

Our programme adopts the Head, Heart and Hand approach to encourage students to think, create and innovate with experiential learning through the projects that they embark on.  It is imperative that besides developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills, we instill the value of empathy in students.  The emphasis of projects is guided by this learning goal and aimed at ‘Smart Living’ to ease day-to-day issues faced by people in the community.

Design Thinking as Cornerstone of our ALP, Supported by Knowledge on Coding

In line with Singapore’s Smart Nation vision, part of the programme develops digital literacy in students with an exposure to coding and basic computing knowledge.  This will equip them with computational thinking in preparing them to embrace and ride the wave of the digital world.  To complement the coding skills, our students are guided to adopt a design mindset, focusing on solutions in creating an outcome of choice.  For our students, this is accomplished through project-based learning tied in with issues related to the home, school or community issues.

A tiered approach is adopted to cater to different student’s needs and abilities.  At Tier 1, all students will be enriched through the 3-year programme spanning Secondary 1 to 3.  There are opportunities for students who are interested to develop a deeper understanding and grow their expertise to be enrolled in the Tier 2 programme, which comprises more extensive projects and attachments to professionals in the STEM industries.  

Learning Spaces as playground for unstructured play

Beatty’s very own InnoSpace is a classroom that adopts an open concept with ‘zones’ designated for different purposes. It is equipped with makerspace facilities, which include 3D printing, laser-cutting, heat-press printing, sewing machines to cater to our students’ diverse interests. It also serves as an incubator for ideas to cultivate a maker-mindset amongst our students and teachers alike.

Tier Level Programmes
1 Secondary One
  • Understand real-world applications of programming and electronics.
  • Understanding the science and technology of electronics through basic programming using the mirco:bit controller.
Secondary Two
  • Understand and apply Design Thinking as a problem-solving methodology to solve real-world problems.
  • Work on group projects by empathising with user needs and seeking solutions to real world problems they identify.
  • Showcase projects.
Secondary Three
  • Participate in learning journeys, workshops and assembly talks.
2 Selected students

Talent development programme:

  • Skills
  • Develop leadership qualities by being ALP Ambassadors.
  • Hone confidence and communication skills through presentations during external showcase.
  • Learn advanced programming language
  • Cognitive
  • Participate in Competitions.
  • Delve in research, data analytics, etc
  • Embark on work attachment with industry partners

Low Cheng Lum Scholarship

Students with PSLE T-score of 235 and above will be awarded the Low Cheng Lum Scholarship with a total value of $2500 based on the following terms and conditions:

  • Cash Award of $1000 in Secondary 1, for students with PSLE T-score of 235
  • Cash Award of $500 in Secondary 2-4, subject to good performance and conduct in the preceding year

Application Process

  1. Interested applicants need to fulfil the selection criteria:
    Selection Criteria, Click HERE.

  2. For applicants studying in mainstream primary schools, application for DSA-Sec can be   submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 12 May 2020, 9am to 5 Jun 2020, 3pm. For more details, please refer to MOE website at www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec.

  3. For applicants NOT studying in MOE mainstream primary schools, they need to apply for a Registration Number (RGxxxxxxx) before they can apply through the DSA-Sec Portal. You can refer to MOE website at: https://go.gov.sg/nmsdsa-sec-application

  4. Parents and students are encouraged to choose schools wisely based on the student’s aptitudes and strengths, bearing in mind the schools’ academic and non-academic requirements, and the programmes available to develop the area of talent.

  5. Shortlisted applicants are encouraged to scan and email to beatty_ss@moe.edu.sg any project portfolios, journals, accolades, awards, certificates or any other supporting documents for their involvement in projects listed under the segment on pre-requisites.

  6. Application Timeline
Date Events
12 May 2020 Application opens at 9.00am
5 June 2020 Application closes at 3.00pm
(Incomplete applications will not be considered)
1 July – 14 September 2020 School-based interview for shortlisted applicants. Shortlisted candidates will be notified via phone and/or email on the date, time and venue of interview.
By 14 September 2020 All applicants will be informed of the results of their application (Confirmed Offer/ Wait List / Unsuccessful)
Late October 2020 Submission of School Preference Form through DSA-Sec Portal
Late November 2020 Result Release

  1. Interviews will be conducted for shortlisted applicants between 1 July and 14 September 2020 through e-mode e.g. video-conference via Zoom.  More details on the selection trials and interviews will be furnished nearer the dates.

  2. All shortlisted applicants will be notified via post on the outcome by 14 September 2020.

  3. For further enquires, you may contact the General Office at 6256 9108 or Mdm Toh Pei Ling (SH/Student Innovation) at 6256 9108 ext 204. Alternatively, you can email us at beatty_ss@moe.edu.sg.