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Craft & Technology

Hillgrovians are engaged in a learning environment that gradually deepens and expands their understanding, knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems through the D&T curriculum. Students acquire the techniques and strategies of design thinking skill as well as basic design, technology, sketching and 3D manipulation skills to carry out a design process in conceptualising design ideas and transforming that idea into something real. Moreover, students practise “learning by doing” via seeking design solutions based on thoughtful consideration of the users and have the opportunity to co-create innovative products to meet users’ needs and/or encourage people to change their behaviour to save the environment.

Applied Learning refers to an approach that emphasises authentic and practice-oriented learning experiences. The Applied Subjects, "Electronics" for upper sec Express students and "Mobile Robotics" for upper sec Normal (Technical) students, aim to give a balanced coverage between theoretical content knowledge and the development of problem solving and systems thinking skills.

Achievements & Highlights

Secondary 1 Projects
Secondary One Express and Normal (Academic) students embark on a design and make an Enviro-Handphone Holder that serves to inculcate the preservation of natural resources.
Secondary 2 Projects
Secondary Two Express and Normal (Academic) students apply the design process to develop a design solution that encourages the reduction of resource wastage. 
Secondary 3 Projects 
Secondary Three students deepen their understanding of the design thinking process by seeking design solutions to improve the lives of people such as the needy and elderly using the technological knowledge and skills learnt in Structures, Mechanisms and Basic Electricity and Electronics content.
 Flight & Aerospace Curriculum
As part of the school’s Flight and Aerospace curriculum, the Lower Secondary Normal (Technical) students take the Basic Aerospace Course during Design and Technology lessons. Secondary One students embark on a design and make an Aero-Mech Toy with LEDs circuit while the Secondary Two students design and make an Air Traffic Controller with waving hands and Aircraft with Flashing LEDs. The applied learning of technology in aerospace related design projects is aligned to the learning of Mobile Robotics in upper secondary.