Junior Engineer Academy

first school outside europe to join the Junior engineer Academy

GESS is the first school outside of Europe that has been accepted into the esteemed Junior Engineer Academy network. The Junior Engineer Academy (JIA) was incepted by the Deutsche Telekom Foundation in 2005 with the goal of fostering interest in the technical and engineering sector among young students between the ages of 13 to 14. GESS students now get privileged access to the pool of engineering knowledge in Europe and can explore a future career in engineering.

The Making of Tomorrow’s Engineers

Grade 8 and 9 GESS students will join the ranks of young innovators and future engineers! Great engineers, scientists and technical experts are not made overnight. Therefore, GESS, together with JIA, aims to expose students to engineering from an early stage and equip them with the skills and confidence to venture into the world of engineering.

Students who complete the full 2 years programme will get a certificate endorsed by the school, the Junior Engineer Academy and the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung.

Bringing Engineering Knowledge Alive

As part of the programme, GESS will be collaborating with universities and engineering companies. This gives students a chance to learn from university academics, scientific bodies and industry experts.

Students will also be exposed to engineering problems and encouraged to seek out viable solutions to these problems in real-life contexts. To this end, they will be given access to materials and equipment that the front-runners in the industry use.

This experience will also help students build connections with industry professionals and make an informed decision about universities and courses after graduation.

Thematic Focus
Programme Implementation
Advantages for Students
Economic Partners
Scientific Partners

Thematic Focus

Group 1: Sustainable Urban Living Spaces

Given that our home, Singapore, is a dense urban environment, the focal point of GESS’s collaboration with JEA will be ‘sustainable urban living spaces’. The students will design and create a Green Shadow Wall with integrated plan based power supply.

Group 2: 21st Century Living Space

Our students work both in school and outside of school with research and industry partners over the course of 4 semesters with the goal to design, build and construct a 21st Century Living Space. This will be a small, livable space that runs on low energy and is self-sufficient.

Programme Implementation

The cross-sectional two-year programme will be offered to the next batch of Grade 8 and 9 students from both the German Section and European Section.

There is a theoretical (50%) and practical (50%) component to the programme.

Theory will be covered primarily in GESS by our teachers and practical activities will be conducted in GESS’s science and technology labs and partners’ sites and facilities.

Group 1: Sustainable Urban Living Spaces

  • Semester 1: Introduction in industrial design, materials science
  • Semester 2: Coding, sensors, robotics
  • Semester 3: Measurement and control technology
  • Semester 4: Green walls technology

Group 2: 21st Century Living Space

  • Semester 1: Planning of the 21st century living space
  • Semester 2: Design and modeling of the 21st century living space
  • Semester 3 and 4: Realisation of the 21st century living space

Advantages for Students

  • This programme enables students to start building networks in the engineering industry and this opens up unique internship and vocational training opportunities for them.
  • They also get the rare experience of truly observing and feeling for themselves what it is like to use specialised engineering equipment in professional settings to resolve challenges of the engineering world.
  • In future, there might also be opportunities for students to travel overseas to expand their understanding of engineering.

Economic Partners

Pepperl & FuchsCompany visit, lectures on robot control and control loops, short internship, provision of sensors. If applicable, supervision of a subproject.

Bosch Singapore Visit of the company’s research centre, lecture on current sensor technology, short internship, training in the utilisation of cloud services, provision of sensors and user training. If applicable supervision of a subproject.

XentiQPresentation of the industrial design process, company visit with a clean room guided tour, internship, support and counselling about the design of the test station. If applicable supervision of a subproject.


Scientific Partners

NUS, Department of GeographyScientific funding of the academy, lectures, seminar on leading theme, scientific involvement of the academy, visit of NUS test fields, visit of scientific exhibitions and internship.

Singapore PolytechnicUser training CoSpace augmented reality, participation in the derived competitions, construction and programming of an Arduino robot.

Pomeroy Studio SingaporeSeminars, lectures, visit of projects about leading theme and internships.



When does the programme commence?

The programme has been in effect since August 2018.

Who can apply?

All students in Grade 8 from both the German section and the European section can apply. 7 students will be selected from each section (a total of 14 students).

What does the application process look like?

Students are required to express their interest in the programme by submitting the application form. Students will then be invited for an interview with the programme committee.

The programme committee will evaluate a student’s suitability for the programme along these lines:

  • Demonstrated interest and competence in the areas of mathematics and science
  • Ability to balance the programme along with other academic commitments
Is there a cost involved?

Students and parents do no incur any additional costs. All costs are subsidised by the school.

How much time commitment is required for the programme?

There will be 3 lessons per week on top of the regular curriculum. These sessions will be conducted either in the afternoons or over the weekends.

Will my child have to forgo any of their other subjects to be able to take this elective?


Who is conducting the programme?

The theoretical component will primarily be taught by GESS teachers. For the practical component, students will often be allocated mentors from partner institutions to guide them through their various tasks.

Where will the programme be conducted?

GESS’s science and technology labs, partner sites, professional research centers and labs and other partner facilities.