IT & Design Academy

IT & Design Academy

Who we are

IT & Design Academy (ITDA) offers relevant and meaningful Information Technology (IT) & Design courses to all students in Pathlight School. We believe that our students have the natural aptitude towards technology. We run courses in an autism-friendly environment, equipping students with tools and skills positioning them for the future, a life beyond school.

Quality education is of utmost importance to us. Our IT lessons are taught by professional trainers who have distinct experience in both the IT and Creative industries and in education pedagogy.

Traversing through various IT & Design courses, students go through five unique Learning Experiences: Game Zone, Hack Shack, Fab Lab, Digital Media Studio, Hello Technology. All these learning experiences are designed to maximise students’ learning outcomes.

Vision

To be a next-generation learning community of empowered future technology creators and leaders.

Mission

To provide a nurturing environment that uncovers talent, maximises potential and inspires active learning

Five Learning Experiences

ITDA’s five Learning Experiences aim to:

  1. Develop students’ ability in ideation and managing projects effectively.
  2. Expose students to multiple emerging technologies, tools and concepts.
  3. Spark students’ creativity and promote innovation to use various appropriate Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tools across different creative domains in solving problems and perhaps, creating the future together.

Hello Technology is a core Learning Experience which all Pathlight students go through in their lower primary school years. This Learning Experience aims to expose students to basic technology, devices and tools such as computers, iPads and Lego®, as well as various innovative learning applications and programmes, as we explore emerging ICT tools. It further aims to build students’ understanding in fundamental principles and concepts of various ICT tools.

Hack Shack aims to build students’ understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts in coding. Students will hone computational and critical thinking skills through all the various courses. They will learn to code and are given a wider bandwidth to be creative in their projects.

Fab Lab aims to inculcate core design and making skills in our students through a deliberate and iterative design approach. Students are exposed to a variety of digital tools to (i) collect and curate data to inform ideas, (ii) develop iterative designs through sketching and note-taking and, (iii) construct models and prototypes.

Students will develop and exhibit tolerance and perseverance by working with ambiguity. This Learning Experience will allow students to interact regularly through discussions and presentations, increasing their capacity in communication. Fab Lab projects also aim to build students’ adaptability as they work with open-ended real-world problems.

Digital Media Studio aims to equip students with design, analytical and production coordination skills using multiple creative mediums. Students work in different teams and are exposed to a wide range of creative mediums, such as digital illustration, photography, video production and animation.

Game Zone aims to shape students’ understanding of the core principles and concepts of game development. Through the various courses, students will develop game art, computational and critical thinking skills. They will also learn to code and to be creative in the development of their games.

ITDA Holiday Workshops

IT & Design Academy is organising additional IT lessons during the Year End School holidays for Primary 4 to 6 and Secondary 1-5 students. This is part of our mission to ensure that we bridge the digital gap between special needs and mainstream students.

These workshops are fun, interactive and aimed at equipping your child with useful skills and knowledge of IT and design concepts to enable him/her to create, innovate and communicate.

Registration of courses will commence on 17 May 2019 (Friday), 10.00am and will close on 22 May 2019 (Wednesday), 11.59pm. Confirmation of registration will be sent via email by 27 May 2019 (Monday).

ITDA Holiday Workshops are free and are open only to Pathlight Students. However, parents will need to pay the course fee if the child is successfully registered and enrolled for the workshop but fails to turn up on that day.

Course Details For Duration Date & Time Fees Register
Sand Animation

Sand Art is a name given literally to mean making or creating an animation with sand or other form of particles. This free form of animating has two ways of animating; silhouette animation or non-silhouette animation. Both form of animation requires considerable precision and pre-planning, every frame is captured by moving the particles bit by bit, forming the scenic picture.

In this workshop, students will be given opportunity to learn:

  • History of Sand Art
  • Types of Sand Art
  • Storyboard flow and detail work plan skills
  • Graphical & pictorial representation
  • Musical & sound effect representation
Pri 4 - 6 6 Hours

1st Run:
3 - 4 Jun,
9.00am - 12.00pm

2nd Run:
3 - 4 Jun,
1.30pm - 4.30pm

$75 Register
Maker Program: Kinecticon Junior

This 6-hour workshop is designed for primary school students to familiarise themselves with a wide array of materials, tools and equipment to help them design and fabricate 'strawbot' that able to complete a series of challenges ranging from speed race, strength test as well as a battle royale-style robot competition.

Pri 4 - 6 6 Hours

1st Run:
6 - 7 Jun,
9.00am - 12.00pm

2nd Run:
6 - 7 Jun,
1.30pm - 4.30pm

$75 Register
Maker Program: Kinecticon Senior

Kinecticon Senior is a 9-hour workshop that is designed for secondary school students with making geometrical objects using GROW system. They will be challenged to construct a kinetic game that can involve mazes, projectiles and/or movement. Students will also be challenged to build a rover robots that can work cooperatively together with one another to solve missions.

Sec 9 Hours

1st Run:
10 - 12 Jun
9.00am - 12.00pm

2nd Run:
10 - 12 Jun
1.30pm - 4.30pm

$90 Register
Storytelling Through Photography

Be a pro-photographer by using a DSLR camera! Learn how to captivate your audience with good photos through the use of good camera techniques and good storytelling skills.

Sec 6 Hours

1st Run:
13 - 14 Nov
9.00am - 12.00pm

2nd Run:
13 - 14 Nov
1.30pm - 4.30pm

$75 Register
Sensor 101 with mBot

This 9-hour workshop is designed for secondary school students to have an overview of sensors and their applications in the real world. Student will learn and understand simple sensor programming. Students will also learn how to test, code and assemble their own sensor kit with different sensors using mBot.

Sec 9 Hours

1st Run:
10 - 12 Jun
9.00am - 12.00pm

2nd Run:
10 - 12 Jun
1.30pm - 4.30pm

$90 Register
Sphero and Ozobot coding workshop

Learning is evolving! Sphero is revolving! In this 6 hours hands-on workshop, students will learn to code a programmable droid, Sphero and ozobot. Incorporating robotics, the application of basic knowledge of physics (i.e. distance, speed time), sensors, and teamwork, students take learning beyond the conventional classroom!

Pri 4 - 6 6 Hours

1st Run:
3 - 4 Jun
9.00am - 12.00pm

2nd Run:
3 - 4 Jun
1.30pm - 4.30pm

$75 Register
Drone Workshop

In this 6 hour workshop, students will explore the concepts of drone flight mechanism and application of drone technology in daily life..

Students will pick up
- practical application of flight concepts of drones
- basic programming structure and commands to control a drone
- CAAS & regulations to fly it safe in Singapore

Pri 4 - 6 6 Hours

1st Run:
6 - 7 Jun
9.00am - 12.00pm

2nd Run:
6 - 7 Jun
1.30pm - 4.30pm

$75 Register
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