A Hai Sing Catholic School Robotics Club student sharing with visiting Franciscan Missionaries of Mary nuns the robotics programmes offered in the school and some of its real-world applications.
Global representatives of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) had a close-up look at Hai Sing Catholic School’s robotics and other programmes when they visited the school recently.
The group of 17 nuns listened and observed intently as students shared their experiences of the school’s distinctive programmes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) on Dec 1.
In one session, a student from the school’s Robotics Club spoke about the robotics programmes offered in the school and some of its real-world applications.
Another highlight of the visit was a video conference with the Hai Sing Robotics team who were in China representing the school in the Asia Pacific Vex Robotics Championships. The nuns conversed briefly with the team of students led by Mr Teo Yee Meng, subject head for STEM.
The nuns also visited the school chapel where they learnt more about the school’s Catholic programmes.
Commenting on the visit, FMM Pakistan provincial, Sr Rita Younas, remarked: “The teachers from Hai Sing Catholic School are very innovative to design all the different lessons that can link science to robotics. I am also amazed that the students are able to speak so well on what they have learnt.
“I really hope that there can be an exchange programme between some of my Catholic schools back in my country with Hai Sing Catholic School.”
Malaysia/Singapore provincial, Sr Susan Thomas, remarked: “I have always heard about the Hai Sing Catholic robotics programmes but I did not have a chance to see the programme until today. It is really an eye opener to see how the school has embraced technology to design the programmes to be integrated into students’ learning.”
The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary founded Hai Sing Catholic School in 1959 to provide education for girls in Punggol initially. Over the decades, the school developed programmes embracing the use of technology to boost students’ skills. It took in boys in 1990.
The 17 FMM nuns were in Singapore for most of November and early December to discuss how to move forward the process of restructuring their worldwide community.
They included members of the FMM’s General Administration in Rome and nine provincials from parts of the region of Asia-Australia.
The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary is present in 75 countries.