About Materials Science Applied Learning Programme (ALP)
Materials science is an interdisciplinary field that incorporates elements of engineering, physics and chemistry to help solve real-world problems. It seeks to explore the fundamental relationships between structure, properties, processing and application of various materials ‒‒ natural, synthetic or composite ‒‒ to create new and original ones.
Imagine a future where formal clothing does not crease and no longer need to be ironed, plastics become 100% biodegradable or the batteries of electronic gadgets are lighter, more reliable and last for weeks instead of hours.
With diligent research and intelligent design, these novel inventions can become reality like every other material (e.g. polymer, composite materials, metal alloys, bioceramics, etc.) in the current market.
The Materials Science Applied Learning Programme (ALP) introduces students to the relevant knowledge and tools to combine science and engineering to investigate the possibility of creating new materials, modify existing ones to suit new applications or evolving the processes.
For instance, students may develop a face mask that is more breathable, contains a denser fibre for filtering contaminants and is able to be reused indefinitely, or synthesize a unique material for their school uniforms that prevent any form of stains.
By integrating research, hands-on experiment and education in the ALP lessons, students are developed and equipped with critical thinking and analytical skills to address real-world issues.
After researching the materials, students are to make their own shoe soles in class.
Students from Pioneer Secondary School testing out the friction on different surfaces against a sports ball.
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