Inaugural Makers@eduLab Event: Inspire, Collaborate, Create

Inaugural Makers@eduLab Event: Inspire, Collaborate, Create

Date
Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Makers@eduLab is an event where Singapore educators get to share and learn from one another their insights, practices, experiences and research studies in the area of incorporating Maker Education into formal curriculum.

Themed “Inspire, Collaborate, Create”, this event was co-organised by OER’s eduLab Program Management Office and Educational Technology Division (ETD) Makers Learning Community Team, and was held on 15 November 2016 at the Academy of Singapore Teachers. Over 120 Design & Technology (D&T), Computer Application, Science, Mathematics and Art educators and researchers from more than 30 schools were in attendance.

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Mr Kuan Yew Meng, Deputy Director, ETD addressing the audience.

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Over 120 Design & Technology (D&T), Computer Application, Science, Mathematics and Art educators and researchers from more than 30 schools were in attendance.

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Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive of Science Centre Singapore and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences with NUS delivering the opening keynote address for the event.

Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive of Science Centre Singapore and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences with National University of Singapore, delivered the opening keynote address for the event.

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Presenting a token of appreciation to the keynote speaker.

This was followed by breakout sessions conducted by teachers from various schools who presented on their experiences of maker education in classrooms.

The presentations were as followed (presentation slides are available for download here:

  • Exploring Disciplinary Intuitions and the Six Learnings Framework to Design Learning Environment for D&T students” by Mr Ng Joon Yong and Mr Lin Kuen Ping from Bishan Park Secondary School
  • Seeding Innovation for the Community with Rapid Prototyping” by Mdm Annie Tan and Mr Johnny Wee from Ping Yi Secondary School; and Mr Koh Hon Jia from OER, National Institute of Education
  • Commonwealth Secondary School’s Journey in Maker Education” by Mr Eugene Lee and Mdm Rubiyah Khamis from Commonwealth Secondary School (read about their maker education journey in SingTeach Issue 57)
  • Nurturing 21st Century Competencies with Design Thinking and 3D Printing” by Ms S Thivyaa Tharrshini and Mr Saravanan S/O Shanmugam from Radin Mas Primary School

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Mdm Annie Tan from Ping Yi Secondary School conducting a breakout session.

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Participants attending one of the four breakout sessions for the day.

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Mr Ng Joon Yong from Bishan Park Secondary School interacting with the participants during a breakout session.

A networking session facilitated by ETD allowed practitioners to interact with ETD officers and IHL researchers as they shared innovative ideas on maker-centred learning. Practitioners are encouraged to submit their innovation proposals to eduLab’s Call for Proposals (Jan 2017).

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Participants getting busy during a hands-on session.

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Participants getting busy during a hands-on session.

“This event has given me an opportunity to talk to like-minded people with the same interests,” said Mdm Annie Tan, one of the presenters and Head of Craft and Technology Department from Ping Yi Secondary School.

“I received feedback from them about our approaches which helps us to improve further. The networking also allows us to work on projects together in the future.”

To view more photos from the events: http://etdmakerstech.wixsite.com/makersedulab/event-photos.