TUEETOR CHATS with Ms Chang Yun Ting of Kinnovate
How did you get started in your current line of work?
The Kinnovate team is made up of experienced ex-MOE teachers. Through hands-on learning in the form of Science and Arts workshops, the team aspires to foster better academic performance and innovative thinking in our young minds.
We believe that when children actively construct knowledge out of their experiences, knowledge is assimilated and accommodated. As such, we have taken a bold step to start The Kinnovate Classroom, a learning centre for the young.
Who is a source of inspiration for you on your professional journey?
Inspired by the Makers Faire concept, Kinnovate aims to provide the resources, time and space for everyone to “celebrate crafts, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself mindset”.
What’s the most helpful piece of advice you’ve received?
We have recently concluded the SMU-UOB AEI consulting programme and was featured on their website https://usaei.smu.edu.sg/sme. One of the most helpful advice is to establish a website so that we have a corporate face.
What excites you most about your industry?
Kinnovate is the 1st mama shop in Singapore that promotes inventive and creative thinking by engaging participants in building various handicraft and science kits. The Kinnovate Classroom prides itself as one of the first few hands-on learning classes in Singapore, providing experiential learning aligned with MOE’s syllabus, with a mission to deliver joy through meaningful learning. Most of the trainers are IvP-qualified teachers. Innovation Programme (IvP) is a programme rolled out by MOE to develop problem-solving and thinking skills in students.
Kinnovate is unlike others, it is a big enough community alike a “kampung” where children improve their social skills through collaborating with other children who share a common interest in hands-on learning, while also having the optimal teacher-to-student ratio with customized classes for different primary levels. Kinnovate believes that quality learning is every child’s right. Children derive happiness from a supportive learning environment that caters to individual’s learning and progress.
How is the industry/company standing out in the Singapore marketplace?
Located in the heartlands of Ang Mo Kio, Kinnovate is a cosy learning centre that encourages participants to design and build structures of their choice e.g. cardboard craft and electric car models.
What is your company best known for?
Kinnovate provides the resources, time and space for everyone to “celebrate crafts, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself mindset”.
Which part of your work brings you the greatest fulfilment?
Nothing beats bringing all the smiles to the faces of the participants and getting them all excited and wanting to learn. The “ah-ha” moments are priceless and drive the team forward to the next event.
Tell us about a project you have done that you are immensely proud of.
We were engaged by the Esplanade to hold a 2-day art craft event for Mother’s Day in 2019!
What do you hope for each student/learner who goes through your course?
We would like them to apply and share their knowledge with others. Hopefully, they would be more driven in learning and return for more fun and excitement.
Share a story about a student/learner and their progression through your course.
We have a P4 girl who has travelled all the way from Pasir Panjang to attend our course. This November, it would be her 3rd visit to our Science Process Skills Mastery sessions. We have seen her grown from a very active and playful P3 girl to one who is motivated and engaged in learning. She is always curious about the things around her and we have helped her to strengthen her answering techniques to do well in her academics.
Is there a quote that you live by?
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”Benjamin Franklin
If you could, what is one piece of advice that you’d give to your younger self?
Dare to dream and live your dream.
Tell us something new that your business is currently working on.
Our company is trying to work on organising a Chinese camp! As a Chinese teacher, I would like to build on the success of the science sessions to organise a Chinese camp in future.
What are some upcoming plans?
We would like to work more closely with our sister company, Get It Right and explore organising events at their place. Science would be our mainstay as it attracts the consumers and speaks our brand.
How can people connect with you?
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