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Nurturing youth to engineer the future of Singapore

News International-French

10 Sep 2014

Engineering@Polys 2014 aims to stimulate students’ interest in science, mathematics, design and technology through real-world Engineering applications.


Using a wind turbine to power household devices. Supply chain management of a blogshop. Putting together an audio amplifier. These are some of the activities that secondary school students can look forward to in this year‟s edition of Engineering@Polys 2014. Singapore‟s five polytechnics - Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), Republic Polytechnic (RP), Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Temasek Polytechnic (TP) - have put together a four-month long programme showcasing engineering as an attractive discipline with diverse career opportunities.

Supported by the Ministry of Education, the joint-polytechnic programme, held from July to November this year, will help secondary school students associate what they have learnt in the classroom – in subjects such as Science, Mathematics, Design and Technology - with real-world engineering applications.

Asia‟s robust economic growth has led to an increased demand in several sectors such as infrastructure, energy, refined products, chemical, building and construction. The developments underpin the increased demand for engineering professionals. In the built environment sector, for example, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) expects construction activities to remain buoyant and sees strong prospects for engineering graduates joining the sector. “The built environment sector is experiencing transformative changes with the push for greater adoption of advanced and productive technologies. Coupled with the sustained sectoral growth beyond 2030, the sector offers many exciting opportunities and meaningful careers for engineers to contribute towards shaping the built environment for all to live, work and play in,” said Mr Neo Choon Keong, Group Director of the Manpower and Strategic Policy Group, BCA.

“Science and technology are integral parts of many businesses today. Engineers are well sought after by the industry as they play an important role in propelling business growth through innovation and critical thinking. By advocating the fun behind the science through Engineering@Polys‟ calendar of activities, we hope that students will see the excitement and potential of an education in engineering and encourage them to consider careers in this field,” said Mr Seto Lok Yin, Chairman of the Steering Committee for Learning Engineering at Polytechnics (LEAP) and Deputy Principal (Industry Services), Republic Polytechnic.

The flagship event of Engineering@Polys, Engineering Discovery 2014 will be held on 16 October at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and will showcase interactive science and design exhibitions, to offer students insights into how engineering is a part of everyday living.

This year‟s programme includes something for the teachers as well. They will be led on immersive learning journeys to find out how engineering and innovation drive the success of companies,such as Cisco Systems, Intelligent Transport System Centre, MAJ Aviation and Jet Aviation. Please refer to appendix below for detailed programme list.

To provide real-world opportunities for students to better appreciate the applications of Mathematics and Science, interactive workshops will be held from July through November. Students can also look forward to the Engineering & Science Challenge where teams of three will pit against one another to build an energy-efficient model car.

The joint-polytechnic initiative to promote engineering as a discipline first began in 2004 and has since achieved significant success in reviving student interest. In recent years, the joint efforts among the polytechnics have connected Singapore students to engineering through its everyday-life relevance and societal impact.