What we offer
We offer senior primary (P.4-6) and junior secondary (S.1-3) courses which are developed with different school curriculums in mind. Our syllabus is loosely based on the Maths and Sciences Framework from Hong Kong’s Curriculum Development Council, and we also consult the Maths and Sciences curricula from GCSE and Maths, Sciences, and Design curricula from IB MYP to ensure our content is accessible to a wide array of students.
With those curricula as the foundation, we add cutting-edge topics such as technologies in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and soft skills such as problem-solving and teamwork to our course, so that students aren’t just learning the right things - they’ll learn them in the right ways too.
Century-old STEM wisdom
Serving Hong Kong since 1904, HK Tramways proudly produces all trams locally and dedicates to passing on our engineering expertise to the next generation. By attaining a perfect balance between theoretical and practical perspectives of STEM knowledges, we are bringing STEM education to the next level.
Problem-based learning & Design thinking approach
Here at tramplus, we encourage students to identify and solve problems. In first understanding, then analysing and explaining the matter of interests, students gain critical thinking and language skills. Combining with hands-on learning experience, it creates a dynamic and relevant learning experience.
Preparing students for the future
As the proud sister company of HK Tramways, "innovation" and "sustainability" are the core themes of tramplus courses. We believe in equipping each student with necessary skills for a future city that will be smarter, more sustainable and more innovative.
Problem-based Learning (PBL)
PBL has been described as “the most innovative instructional method…in the history of education” (Hung et al.). Originally developed to help medical students solve problems in clinical settings, it has since been adapted to other subjects so that students can learn more critically, creatively, and practically by focusing on real-life problems that matter to them.
PBL is in every part of our lesson design, as we contextualise every lesson we teach in the form of a real-life problem that students may try to solve with help from our teachers. As students understand, analyse, and explain the problem in their own words, they gain critical thinking and language skills that combine with hands-on learning experiences to create a dynamic and relevant learning experience.
Learning by Doing (Craftsmanship)
There is no better way to test whether you have learned something than to actually do it. Learning by doing is an educational theory that encourages children to adapt and learn from their environment, by making learning experiences true to reality. Instead of learning in make-believe situations or through made-up examples, teachers “present real-life problems to the children and then guide the students to solve the problem by providing them with a hands-on activity to learn the solution” (Hickman).
Drawing from our engineering culture, all tramplus lessons devote at least 2/3 of the time to “workshop” and “presentation” sessions where the focus is not on the teacher, but on the students. Instead of watching videos or listening to a lecture about how an idea works, students can use their own hands to find out how things work - and how to make things work - so that the lessons are truly remembered.
Accounting for Learning Differences (Personalised Difficulty Levels)
As part of our mission to make world-class STEM education accessible to all, TramPlus classes do not require any pre-assessment or existing STEM knowledge from students. Instead, to account for different students’ abilities, lesson tasks and achievement levels are highly flexible so that every student can perform at the level that is right for them.
For example, beginner students proposing an app to introduce tourists to landmarks along the tram route may create non-functional mockups to accompany their presentation. Students with more prior knowledge, meanwhile, may create a functioning prototype using professional development tools. Or, when proposing a way to cool down tram cabins, beginners may just explain the basic physics principles behind their idea, while stronger learners may use calculations and scaled-down experiments to prove that their solutions can work in practice.
Blended and Flipped Learning
Learn at Your Own Speed, Learn Anywhere, Learn Anything
The progress of knowledge waits for no one and cannot be slowed down by school closures or other inconveniences, that’s why TramPlus offers multiple teaching formats to suit all needs. In case an in-person course is delayed by unforeseen circumstance, schools may reschedule their booking at no cost, or choose to move the lessons online.
Furthermore, in partnership with HKUST, we are proud to offer an online learning platform with access to curated learning materials that are chosen to fit our courses, so that students may continue to deepen their learning or find the catch-up help they need to succeed.