Innovation Programme (IvP)

Aim

The Innovation Programme (IvP) provides a unique opportunity for pupils to develop their problem-solving and thinking skills.

Objective

At the end of the programme, pupils will be able to:

  • think critically about existing problems;
  • generate ideas to improve the situation;
  • develop prototypes to test and improve their ideas;
  • be exposed to knowledge and experiences beyond the classroom through interaction with innovation mentors from tertiary institutions and other organisations.

Programme Description

IvP, which is scheduled to run from January to September, seeks to develop pupils' creativity through the following components:

  • IvP SCHOOL-BASED Launch

    The IvP cycle is kick-started with a school-based launch. Every participating school is provided a launch package with activities and video resources to introduce participants to the concept of innovation.

  • IvP Lessons

    Lesson resources have been developed for teachers to guide and support participants throughout the learning process. The focus of these lessons is to teach pupils the skills and strategies for

    1) understanding the challenge
    2) generating ideas
    3) developing solutions

  • Draft Sessions

    Innovation mentors from the partner institutions are each assigned a school where he/she can provide mentorship to IvP participants. During three draft sessions, which take place from March to July, innovation mentors provide direct guidance to their mentees by sharing knowledge and expertise to stimulate creative thinking, providing advice and feedback on the feasibility of ideas, and proposing changes and improvements mentees can incorporate into successive prototypes.

  • IvP Project Judging

    The two half-day sessions in July/August provide a platform for (i) participants to present their innovations and receive feedback from a panel of judges with expertise in different fields, and (ii) the selection of projects to be showcased at the Young Innovators’ Fair. All participants in IvP Project Judging will be awarded Certificates of Distinction, Merit or Participation based on their combined score from school-based assessment and IvP project judging.

  • Young Innovators’ Fair

    IvP culminates in the Young Innovators' Fair, where selected participants will showcase their projects through a stage presentation and poster exhibition. It presents an opportunity for the young innovators to be recognised and celebrated. It also serves as a platform for pupils to learn from the best work and efforts of IvP participants.

    Partner Organisations

    IvP is jointly organised by the Gifted Education Branch and the following institutions:

    • National University of Singapore
    • Nanyang Technological University
    • Singapore University of Technology and Design
    • Nanyang Polytechnic
    • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
    • Republic Polytechnic
    • Singapore Polytechnic
    • Temasek Polytechnic
    • Innovators and Entrepreneurs Association
    • SG Enable
    • 3M Singapore

Target Group

Primary 5 and Secondary 2 & 3 students in selected schools, who have an interest in innovation and invention

Note: For Primary GEP pupils, the IvP Project can be done as an Individualised Study Options (ISO) Project in P5. See the ISO page for more details.

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