The Junior OUtstanding Leaders in Energy for Sustainability (JOULES) Programme @BVSS
The JOULES programme is the enhanced Environmental Science Programme at Bukit View Secondary School. This distinctive 4-year programme provides Bukit Viewans with knowledge and experience in design thinking, coding, programming, environment and sustainable energy, it also emphasized the development of environmental student leadership. It is hoped that after going through the JOULES programme, Bukit Viewans will be keen to pursue STEM in their higher education, especially in the area of environment and sustainable energy and thereby contribute to Singapore and the world.
The JOULES programme uses the 4P approach in designing and implementing the programmes – Promote, Participate, Propagate, empower
Promote and Participate – providing students with the knowledge and experience in design thinking, coding, programming, environmental studies and sustainable energy. The programmes are infused in the curriculum through school wide programmes such as:
- Secondary 1 and 2 JOULES programme
- Secondary 3 JOULES+ programme (one day experience at Ngee Ann Polytechnic)
- Consciously designing Applied Learning into the curriculum at the 5E stages: Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Elaboration and Evaluation.
Propagate and emPower – providing student-leaders with the opportunities and platforms to pursue their interest in design thinking, coding, programming, environment and sustainable energy. Mentorship and internship opportunities will be sourced out for student-leaders to deepen and widen their knowledge in environment and clean energy. Some of these programmes include:
- Thinking Hats Programme (Talent Development Programme for Sec 1 & 2)
- STEP-NUS Sunburst Environment Programme (Sec 2 & 3)
- Student Environmental Leadership Conference (SELC) (Sec 1 – 4)
- Singapore Junior Water Prize (SJWP) (Sec 2 & 3)
- Conducting Ecolibrium (guided trail) for Primary Schools (Sec 1 – 4)
- Advanced Elective Modules (Sec 2 – 4) :
- Energy Explorer with Singapore Polytechnic,
- Smart Robotics Using LEGO NXT with Ngee Ann Polytechnic
A unique feature of the JOULES programme is the provision of scholarships for Bukit Viewans who show a keen interest in environment and sustainable energy as well as leadership potential in advocating and pursuing these areas. There are 2 components to the scholarship structure- Samwoh JOULES scholarship and Samwoh JOULES Award (Distinction/ Merit). The scholarship and award are kindly sponsored by Samwoh Corporation.
Samwoh JOULES scholarship
Objective: To attract Primary School students who show keen interest in environment and sustainable energy to come to BVSS to further develop their knowledge and to contribute as student leaders as they progress in the JOULES programme.
Criteria: For incoming Sec 1 students who
- obtained A/A* for Science at PSLE,
- selected BVSS as 1st choice of school, and
- show keen interest in environment and sustainable energy.
Selection Process: Interview and portfolio
Scholarship: $500 per pax. Up to 5 students. Distributed over 2 years.
Samwoh JOULES Award (Distinction/ Merit)
Objective: To motivate and encourage students who have contributed to the JOULES programme and show leadership in environment and sustainable energy
Criteria: For Secondary 4/ 5 students
- contribution to the JOULES programme
- leadership in environment and sustainable energy
Selection process: Interview and portfolio
Scholarship: $500/ $250 per pax. Up to 5 students.
Why the Concern for Environmental Education?
- Singapore is affected by environmental changes e.g. haze, lack of water, flooding.
- We aspire to be a role model/ play influencing role in global and regional efforts through advocating importance of environment.
- This future generation of students will face the issues related to sustainable development hence the urgency to transfer knowledge of environmental management.
Benefits – Future Studies & Career Prospects
- The Environment Sector will be important to the Singapore economy. Solar and renewable energies will become one of the pillars of Singapore economy.
- Based on the Economic Strategies Committee (ESC), Committee on the Future Economy Reports and Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2015.
- These are some of the careers that students should consider:
- Environment and Clean Energy,
- Energy Management,
- Energy Marketing,
- Food Science and Technology,
- Landscape Design and Horticulture,
- Pharmaceutical Industries.
- Product Design and Innovation,
- Sustainable Urban Design,
- Veterinary Science,
- Water Technology,
- Students interested to pursue environmental science as a natural progression into the institute of higher learning (local and overseas) may choose from a wide variety of courses such as:
- Architecture, Landscape,
- Architecture and Sustainable Design,
- Chemical and Green Technology,
- Chemistry with Specialization in Environment and Energy,
- Clean Energy Management,
- Energy Systems and Management,
- Energy and Environment Management,
- Engineering Product Development,
- Engineering Systems and Design
- Environmental Earth Systems Science,
- Environmental Engineering,
- Environmental Management,
- Environmental Science,
- Environmental and Water Technology,
- Green Building Energy Management,
- Life Sciences with specialisation in Environmental Biology,
- Product Design,
- Pharmaceutical Science,
Programme Design for Multi-Disciplinary Integrated Curriculum
- Our Curriculum Framework articulates a differentiated and developmental curriculum which includes making learning more meaningful and real-world based (applied learning). One of our key approaches towards applied learning is through our distinctive programme: Clean Energy and Environmental Technology.
- Key topics and learning outcomes of subjects are re-organised as ONE big idea and guiding questions with specific outcomes in terms of knowledge and skills, 21st Century competencies and performance tasks.
- The curriculum instruction centres around a concept, ‘the big question’. The ‘big question’ is unpacked into ‘guiding questions’. These’ guiding questions’ are further broken into main ideas and learning outcomes that are subject-specific yet allow for authentic integration and applied learning.
- Learning opportunities/ performance tasks set either as classroom activities or assignments, are created for students to explore the natural links between the subject areas and to address the ‘big question’ via the set of ‘guiding questions’ using our 5E approach (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate)