Innovation Programme (IvP)

Aim

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

Objective

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

  • think critically about existing problems;
  • empathise with people in understanding problems;
  • think creatively in coming up with new solutions;
  • think critically about their own solutions; and
  • 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 Launch

    The Launch is a half-day event which provides a platform to inspire pupils about innovation and provide them with some ideas on how to start their projects.

  • IvP Lessons

    The focus of these lessons is to teach pupils the skills and strategies for

    1) identifying and understanding problem,
    2) generating and evalating ideas, and
    3) developing and testing solutions.

    These sessions which are conducted by teacher-mentors enable pupils to work in groups to share ideas and provide feedback to one another.

  • Draft Sessions

    For the first half of the year, participants work actively on a self-selected project under the guidance of a teacher-mentor. During the 3 Draft Sessions, participants get the opportunity to work with innovation-mentors and tap on their expertise and experiences to improve their project ideas.

  • IvP Project Judging

    The two half-day sessions in July provide a platform for the judging and selection of (i) best project ideas to be presented on stage at the IvP Show and (ii) poster presentations to be showcased at the IvP Fair exhibition.

  • Young Innovators’ Fair

    IvP culminates in the Young Innovators' Fair, where selected participants showcase their projects through a stage presentation and poster exhibition. A prototype of the product, developed by the pupil(s), would also be featured in the Fair.

    Partner Organisations

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

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

Target Group

The IvP is open to Primary 4 & 5 and Secondary 2 & 3 pupils, 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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