Programme Title

Electronics in Health Sciences and Health Care Technology


Programme Objectives

The programme is to provide hands-on learning experience for students to use simple electronics in the area of health sciences and healthcare technology, to equip students with basic skills on simple electronics design so that they are able to conduct research investigative projects to put their learning in application, to develop Science Disciplined Mind and 21CC skills ( Critical thinking,  Collaboration, Communication) through collaborative learning and to inspire students to explore future educational and career opportunities in STEM.

Tier 1 : Basic Embedded Electronics Module

Secondary 1 students are exposed to the basics of electronics components related to health sciences and health care technology using Arduino. They have the weekly, 90-minutes ALP lessons over the course of one semester. In each lesson, students work in groups of 2 to complete a series of components construction and circuits building tasks as well as programming assignments in class.

Students constructing autonomous miniature vehicles

Each ALP lesson has a component as well as one or two programming commands

For example:

  • Basic light emitting diodes (LED) and the “INTRODUCE”, “INPUT”, “OUTPUT”, “HIGH” and “LOW” commands
  • Buzzers, speakers and the “TONE” command
  • Temperature sensors and the “LOOP”, “IF” and ”ELSE” commands
  • Light Dependent Resistor (LDR) and the “CONVERT” command
  • Servo motor and the “SERVO” command
  • Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) and the “LIBRARY” command

Tier 2 : Advanced Healthcare Electronics Module

Secondary 2 students delve deeper into Arduino programming and aim to make simple devices focusing on healthcare problems. Students form teams of 4 and fabricate devices by utilizing the knowledge they acquired through the programme. Some examples include:

  • Obstacle Detecting Miniature Vehicle
  •  Arduino Piano Keyboard
  • Silhouette Light Box
  • Light Emitting Diode (LED) Scrolling Text
  • Truth or Lie (Heartbeat Lie Detector)

Tier 3 : Talent Development Programme - Science Research

Selected Secondary 3 students will have opportunities to further pursue their interest and to apply their skills and knowledge in projects and competitions, there are:

  • Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) – Nan Chiau High School Science and Technology Research Programme where higher-ability students are given the opportunity to be attached to NYP to do a 60 hour project under the expert guidance of the Research Mentors of NYP.
    • The Shell STEM Youth Innovation Challenge opens up an exciting avenue for students from diverse backgrounds to come together and showcase their creativity and innovation in science. Our students have done well in the Challenge.
    • Innovation, Design and Engineering (IDE) Arduino Maker Challenge is a yearly national competition organised by Nullspace Robotics.


Arduino Maker Challenge 2015 - First Prize

Arduino Maker Challenge 2015 - Second Prize

Arduino Maker Challenge 2015 - Third Prize

STEM Shell Youth Innovation Challenge 2015

Arduino Maker Challenge 2016 - First Prize

The Hydrolator (Water Usage Tap)

  • A tap that measures the amount of water used and calculates the amount of money charged in utility bills

Arduino Maker Challenge 2016 - Best Design Award

Cushion Seat Timer

  • A cushion that measures how long the user has been sitting and will alert the user to stand up if he/she sat for too long, discouraging sedentary lifestyle.