ripplecreate pursues a holistic technology-learning pedagogy, emphasizing life skills which will equip your child with the knowledge, mindset, skills, and creativity to succeed in the 21st century and beyond.
Taking inspiration from the Stanford Design Thinking Process, these stages help define the design thinking component of our pedagogy:
- Empathise – How do they feel?
- Define – What is the problem to be solved?
- Ideate – What can we create to address the problem?
- Prototype – What materials do I need to create my idea?
- Test – Did it work? How can I improve my prototype?
- Share – How can others benefit from what I created? What can I learn from the various feedback about my project?
In addition to reading, writing and arithmetic, your child’s ability to “think like a computer scientist” and logically break down a problem and conceptualise an algorithmic solution for it – is an analytical skill that has grown in importance.
Through processes such as decomposition, pattern recognition, pattern generalisation and writing algorithms, a child with a solid foundation in computational thinking will be better equipped to design good programming solutions to problems.
More than IQ and EQ, we believe that every future-ready child needs a specific set of knowledge, skills, attitude and values needed to succeed and confidently navigate challenges in the digital age.
In our modern society, being able to take charge of one’s learning process is a much-valued life skill. ripplecreate’s highly personalized curriculum encourages and empowers students to set their own goals, plan, learn and reflect during their tech learning journey.
As agents of their own learning, students are encouraged to pose questions, debate scenarios and test out hypotheses while developing their own skills and building up their confidence as subject area experts.
Striking a careful balance between content (theory) and process (activities), our educators have been trained to engage students in purposeful endeavours, constantly making connections between what is being taught and what is in the real world.
What is the aim of your curriculum?
Comprising a series of experiential, inquiry-based STEM modules, our curriculum aims to instil a digital quotient in every child that not only enhances their computational and design thinking abilities but leads them to undertake a critical and inventive learning journey rooted in empathy.
How are your modules structured?
To help children develop future-ready skill sets, our modules offer five levels of difficulty that are designed to challenge children as they move up the technical, social and mental competencies. In each level, developmentally appropriate platforms and activities are designed by domain to cater to the unique interest of each child.
Novice (Level 0)
Your child can start coding even before he starts reading! Yes, you read that right. Our level 0 module is especially designed for pre-reader learners who wish to jumpstart their tech-journey. Taking in consideration the balanced use of screen time, our module 0 mostly involves unplugged activities and tactile programming.
Beginner (Level 1)
Learners who can read can definitely code! Our level 1 module caters to children without prior coding or programming experience. Level 1 modules introduces the fundamental key concepts and skills essential for kids to be successful in completing activities and projects, yet also challenges learners to further strengthen their “skills”
Intermediate (Level 2)
Ready for the next level? Our level 2 module caters to children who have previous coding and programming experiences but are ready to take their knowledge and skills to the next level. Our level 2 module provides opportunities for children to apply what they have learnt and to using more challenging platforms that extends their learning.
Advanced (Level 3)
To infinity and beyond! Learning never stops, so should you. Our level 3 module caters to experienced coders who desires to push their knowledge further, solidify their tech-skills and become an active agent of change through innovative projects.
Competitive (Level 4)
Stand out among the rest. Be a more critical, disciplined and focused coder as you prepare for any competition through our level 4 module. Training and participating in competitions pushes your limit as you solve complicated challenges, innovate solutions and effectively present your ideas to others. It also creates opportunities for you to take risks, learn from mistakes and continuously self-improve, which are all indispensable skills.
Depending on the domain and level of difficulty, our modules consists of several units corresponding to the number of hours that children will go through per module. The progression of units in every module starts with learning the basics, then boosting with intermediate, followed by expanding through advanced (concepts and techniques) and finally, creating a project that addresses a real-world connection to make learning visible. Desired learning outcomes are identified using the set of competencies needed to be successful in each domain.