About Health and Food Science Applied Learning Programme
The Health and Food Science contextual theme incorporates programming and the usage of technology into the food and health fields. Students will be given a selected technology platform to engage in hands-on lessons to create solutions for real-world problems by integrating the various STEM fields but more prominently on biology, chemistry, technology and programming.
Some health and food science topics may include food analysis, food microbiology, food processing and preservation, and molecular gastronomy. With the knowledge gained from the lessons, the students can come up with solutions to improve the lives of people from different age group and lifestyles.
For example, they may explore how to incorporate probiotics into children’s food to improve their health. Students may also learn to use specialised equipment such as refractometer to measure the amount of glucose in a drink or build an electrolyte-measuring device to measure the number of electrolytes in a variety of sports drinks to determine which fluid is most suitable for consumption during and after a workout.
As Singapore is facing an issue of an ageing population, students can also explore ways to manage the elderly’s physical and mental health using technology like medicine-taking reminder system or memory game to reduce the risk of dementia.
To increase Singapore’s food security, there is an increasing interest in the topic of growing vegetables at home. Students can make use of microcontrollers to build devices that can monitor the process or learn to employ sensors to measure and regulate the pH levels of soil used for growing specific crops using the various technology platforms.
Through the try-fail-try approach, we aim to enrich our students’ learning experience and inspire them to be innovative and continuously look for more ways to improve on their current ideas.
An electrolyte-measuring device that is built in one of the STEM ALP lessons to measure the number of electrolytes in a variety of sports drinks to determine which fluid is most suitable for consumption during and after a workout.
An automated tea brewer integrating science, engineering design, electronics and programming in creating solution.
Building a heart rate sensor.
The sweat-cum-wristband produced by East View Secondary School students that measures temperatures and heart rates of users.
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