PS9888: Making and Tinkering

We envision creating a totally different learning environment - to provide students with the opportunity to solve open-ended real life problems together with their friends from different disciplines. The most valuable experience for the students is that they pick up a new hands-on expertise and build something using the new skill – putting the knowledge they learnt in their disciplines into good practical use. At the end of the course, the team should build something, preferably useful but could also be just for fun. We also want to provide our students with opportunities to freely explore, take risks and even if they fail, it will be a fruitful and enriching failure.

If the team has a project idea of their own, they can submit a proposal. On the other hand, if students are interested in the key phrases proposed by supervisors, they can form a team and indicate their interest.

The course is worth four academic units and is also available to non-SPMS students.

The groups must submit a short proposal outlining their projects and a panel will select up to 20 groups for the course.

Course Objectives

To design, make and build something ‘fun’ and maybe useful using the Sciences you know.

Course Information

- No GPA requirements.
- UE, GER-STS course.
- Course fees non chargeable.
- Prizes to be awarded for best projects.
- 4 AU during Special Semester 1 and 2.
- 2 to 4 students per group.

Requirements

- Students need to be from at least 2 different divisions .
- At least one student from SPMS.
- At least one Singaporean student.

PS9886: Making and Tinkering (Lite I)
Computer Controlled Electronics and 3D printing

Students will be taught some science and technology related hands-on skills. There will be tour and simple hands-on experience in mechanical and electrical workshop. Lessons on Computer-controlled electronics using Arduinos and 3D printing will be conducted. The students will be working in pairs on project-based assignments.

Course Objectives

The course aims to equip you with basic technological awareness, particularly computer controlled electronics using Arduinos and 3D printing, and hands-on skills required for building basic equipment and products related to Science and Technology. Through this course, you will develop creativity as you are encouraged to explore different approaches to a given problem, and resilience when facing the need to acquire new technological skills in a limited time in order to solve a given problem.

Course Information

- No GPA requirements.
- UE, GER-STS course.
- 2 AU during Semester 2.

Semester 2 (All welcome but priority will be given to SPMS, CNYang students and those planning to take PS9888).

PS9887: Making and Tinkering (Lite II)
Computer Simulation and basic prototyping

Students will be taught some science and technology related hands-on skills. This course will focus on computer simulation of physical systems using programs such as COMSOL and basic prototyping. There will be tour and simple hands-on experience in mechanical and 3D printing workshop. The students will be working in pairs on project-based assignments.

Course Objectives

The course aims to equip you with basic technological awareness, particularly computer simulation and basic prototyping using 3D printing, and other hands-on skills required for building basic equipment and products related to Science and Technology. Through this course, you will develop creativity as you are encouraged to explore different approaches to a given problem, and resilience when facing the need to acquire new technological skills in a limited time in order to solve a given problem.

Course Information

- UE, GER-STS course.
- 2 AU during Semester 2.

Semester 2 (All welcome but priority will be given to SPMS, CNYang students and those planning to take PS9888).