Education Minister kickstarts SG50 celebrations in school with jubilee edition of IN

Yio Chu Kang Secondary School students perform a fusion dance in the school hall. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Yio Chu Kang Secondary School students perform a fusion dance in the school hall. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Yio Chu Kang Secondary School students interact and share their aspirations for a better Singapore during a CCE lesson using the Jubilee Edition of ST IN. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Yio Chu Kang Secondary School students interact and share their aspirations for a better Singapore during a CCE lesson using the Jubilee Edition of ST IN. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Keat (extreme, right) checks out a model of Kebun Baru Mall as Yio Chu Kang Secondary 3 student Snowi Kwan (left), 14, shares her experience in designing part of the N6 Cluster mySG Trail "My Town, My Home – Disco
Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Keat (extreme, right) checks out a model of Kebun Baru Mall as Yio Chu Kang Secondary 3 student Snowi Kwan (left), 14, shares her experience in designing part of the N6 Cluster mySG Trail "My Town, My Home – Discovering Ang Mo Kio". -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Keat (left) listens as Yio Chu Kang Secondary School student Lim Zheng Long (extreme, right), 16, shares his aspiration for a better Singapore with his classmates in a CCE lesson using the Jubilee Edition of ST IN.
Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Keat (left) listens as Yio Chu Kang Secondary School student Lim Zheng Long (extreme, right), 16, shares his aspiration for a better Singapore with his classmates in a CCE lesson using the Jubilee Edition of ST IN. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat speaks during his visit Yio Chu Kang Secondary on the first day of school of 2015 to kick-start the year-long SG50 activities and celebrations. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat speaks during his visit Yio Chu Kang Secondary on the first day of school of 2015 to kick-start the year-long SG50 activities and celebrations. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
A Yio Chu Kang Secondary School student pens her aspiration for a better Singapore on the theme of environment during a CCE lesson using the Jubilee Edition of ST IN. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
A Yio Chu Kang Secondary School student pens her aspiration for a better Singapore on the theme of environment during a CCE lesson using the Jubilee Edition of ST IN. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

SINGAPORE - Great Singapore inventions from the last 50 years featured in a special edition of The Straits Times IN sparked new ideas among students on first school day of the new year.

Tan Yi Fang Joycelynn, 15, was especially impressed at finding out that Carousell, a smartphone app which she uses to buy and sell items online, was a Singapore invention. She and her Secondary 4 classmates wrote their responses to how they could contribute to the future of the nation, and presented their ideas within their groups.

Carousell and other homegrown innovations were featured in the jubilee edition of The Straits Times IN, which Education Minister Heng Swee Keat pored over during a character and citizenship education lesson at Yio Chu Kang Secondary, sitting with one of the groups.

A special, commemorative issue of the weekly magazine for secondary school students, the Jubilee edition was distributed to schools nationwide on Friday, as was its primary school counterpart, Little Red Dot.

It was launched by Mr Heng in Yio Chu Kang Secondary as part of a ceremony to kick-start the year-long SG50 activities and celebrations.

"Good materials like IN help students connect with Singapore and our society and stimulate them to think about what they can do to be active citizens; to make life better for people around them," said Mr Heng.

Lim Zheng Long, 15, was most impressed with the Rotimatic invention, a bread-making machine where users can customise the thickness and softness of bread. His takeaway was this: "You can take different ideas and make the lives of Singaporeans much more convenient."

Additional reporting by Ang Yiying