STEM education in secondary schools


The Young Engineers’ Space Program (YES!Program) was first conceived in October 2016 by SIT President Professor Tan Thiam Soon and an ex-colleague Dr Cheong Kang Hao. By January 2017, a kind donor (Lian Ho Lee Construction) pledged a generous amount of funding ($300,000 for 4 years) for the program, that can last until 2021. From 2019, this program is led by Assoc Professor Victor Wang (Engineering). 

The YES!Program aims to create a positive and enriching service-learning environment for SIT’s undergraduates (as SIT Mentors), and through them to inspire secondary school students in STEM. Conducted annually over 4 months, the beneficiaries of this program are Secondary 3 and 4 students who are in the Normal Academic (NA)/ Normal Technical (NT) streams, and also from less privileged families, to allow them to learn from university mentors and learn new knowledge and skills such as robotics, programming, 3D printing, and food technology (chocolate making). 

To date, the program has partnered with two secondary schools (Tanglin Secondary School and Yusof Ishak Secondary School), benefiting over 100 secondary school students; and supported by close to 60 Mentors (and counting) from SIT.  

This project is led by Assoc Professor Victor Wang Peng Cheng (Engineering) in partnership with CLASIC.