Distinctive Learning Approach
WISETECH offers Zimsec and Cambridge four-year programme culminating in the GCE ‘O’ Level and a two-year programme leading to the ‘A’ Level certification. The distinctive WISETECH curriculum fundamentally covers the core subjects; Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Mathematics and Computer Science. Through the study of Science, our students will become confident citizens in a technological world, able to take or develop an informed interest in matters of scientific importance. ‘Technology is a way of life’ is a dictum at WISETECH, as we believe that the 1-1 ICT enabled learning environment elevates student engagement in learning and thus stretches their potential. There is also a fundamental emphasis on other academic subjects such as English Language, English Literature, Shona Business Studies, History, Geography, Economics, Spanish and Accounting. To create a complete sense of belonging, our students will be taught Pan-Africanism.
Applied Learning Approach
The applied learning approach is embed in the WISETECH teaching and learning process and it places a strong emphasis on the relevance of what is being learnt to the ‘real world’ and of our students’ own lives. This connection will aid in holding the attention of the students and motivating them to desire to learn. At WISETECH, the Applied Learning approach encompasses learning that is active and relevant, authentic, integrated, community focused, learner-centered and process-focused.
Uniqueness of our Curriculum
It is important that WISETECH graduates are equipped with the intellectual, compassionate and social dispositions to be able to thrive in a borderless world of complex distinctions. the following 9C’s illustrate the values that are integrated across all disciplines of study:
Intellectual – Curiosity, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking
Compassionate – Commitment, Confidence, Courage
Social – Collaboration, Communication, Citizenship
Students will hold Science Fairs and other Fairs
Science furthers the understanding of our natural and physical worlds as well as the wider universe through the process of scientific inquiry; which involves generating ideas, testing hypotheses, gathering evidence through observations , and conducting investigations and modeling. WISETECH will conduct Science Fairs, where students are required to demonstrate what they have learnt, how to investigate, network, conduct interviews, follow rules and guidelines, use various tools and equipment, analyse data, draft an abstract, write a report, prepare a display and speak in public.
Learning on the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Platform
The use of technology at WISETECH helps to uncover core academic principles and provide extended socio-affective and leadership experiences. The use of simulation tools, dynamic geometrical software and applets, as well as online platforms and tools all contribute to the creation of a dynamic and interactive classroom. Students also leverage on a range of media applications for more effective and efficient communication to demonstrate their understanding in unconventional ways. Although students will use traditional textbooks, WISETECH students are able to consolidate and personalize their learning materials in numerous ways, by embedding their video clips, visuals, and links on the digital scaffolds created by their teachers to create their own ‘text books’.
Mathematics is at the core of what we all do in everyday life. At WISETECH you will learn maths in an exciting way. You will make so much progress that you will even surprise yourself. All students do maths from form one to four. We teach maths in a way that will challenge you to demand more of maths! Yes, we know that it’s unusual and that’s why we are WISETECH.
At WISETECH we are high-tech and our students use the latest learning resources available to do maths. Learning maths ceases to be a mundane activity even for those without a natural disposition for the subject. It becomes a joyous experience as our tools encourage students to work collaboratively. Through our collaborative tools, you are able to share your work with your teacher and others without leaving your seat. You will see how this works when you decide to join us.
Biology is one of the exciting sciences we deliver at WISETECH. As a life science, biology studies life processes in both plants and animals. Among other topics you will study cell structure of plants and animals. You will link cells to tissues, tissues to organs and organs to organ systems and organ systems to the organism! That sounds exciting. You will use a range of equipment in your lessons including top of the range microscopes and interactive white boards (IWB). You will carry out dissections (an important skill for would be doctors!) and you will use image enhancing technology to view details of internal organ structures. All students are required to do Biology from 1 to 4 . At ‘A’ level Biology is an optional choice. We encourage students to make a sensible combination of sciences at ‘A’ level.
Smart technologies are an integral part of our lesson delivery system. You will have access to high definition images. Your teachers will not waste time drawing on the board as most (if not all) our learning resources that require drawing are already drawn in digital media. Sit back and enjoy high definition digital diagrams which you can digitally annotate or label on the IWB or on your tablet pc during collaborative learning. You will have a visual experience, through simulations, of microscopic processes such as cell division, respiration, transportation processes in both plants and animals. What you see below is a frame of an interactive whiteboard (smart board) one of our potent tools that we use to make your learning a rich experience.
You will also enjoy experimenting with conditions under which bacterial cultures grow using agar plates. As a scientist in the making, you will model how scientists carry out scientific investigations. You will be taught how to think like a scientist, using simple practical activities. You will have an opportunity to visit practicing scientists at university and in the industry. Learning Biology couldn’t be better than what we provide at WISETECH.
Those who aspire to study medicine, pharmacology, chemical engineering, pure and applied chemistry require this subject. It is a very interesting subject which inter-linked with Physics and Biology. At WISETECH you will learn chemistry in an exciting way. You will chemically connect with your environment and real life experience. You will learn chemistry in a way that allows you to have a taste of your desired career path. You will be exposed to the industry and the medical profession to enable you to see how chemistry works. You will be able to perform ‘smart’ experiments via our smart technologies which support collaborative learning. You will be able to use ‘dangerous’ chemicals without the possibility of getting hurt!
Smart technologies allow virtual experiments to be carried out in class giving a vivid visual of processes that would otherwise be impossible to see in real life. Smart technologies bring to life your learning experience. As a student you will use a range of learning resources that encourage cooperative (learning with others) and collaborative leaning (learning from others and others learning from you).
Starting at form four, you will enjoy carrying out some funky practical activities which include volumetric analysis, generally known as titration. Titration will require you to be ambidextrous! You must be able to use both your hands and should posses or develop some motor coordination skills to enable you to carry out titration. Well it’s not as scary as it may sound. You will love the colour changes, but beyond that you must content with some fancy mathematical calculations, something you may not enjoy if math is not your thing. At WISETECH we encourage (not require or compel) students who take ‘A’ level sciences to take mathematics as well. But those taking Physics MUST take mathematics as well.
Physics is one of the most important subjects in the science curriculum. Generally all students who desire to pursue careers in engineering will have to study Physics as their core subject. The world has changed and many university courses which have nothing to do with engineering or science now accept (and even desire) Physics for admission. Law and finance are some of the courses that accept (but not require) Physics for admission. Physics graduates are much sought after by banks, consultancy firms and other financial institutions for graduate training programmes. Many people who graduate with engineering degrees end up working as consultants in different areas of business management. Physics is the only science subject that makes an individual think. It develops problems solving skills and this is what engineering requires it.
Smart technologies allow you to explore the galactic systems from the comfort of your classroom. You will see what astronomers see when they are in outer space. Most of our classroom use top of the range modern interactive white boards (IWB) with ceramic surfaces, allowing teachers and students to use fingers and pens to write. We also measure and record data in smart ways using cool gizmos such as data loggers (see above picture).
1. You will use or observe your teacher (lower forms) one of our powerful tools in physics, the oscilloscope.
What is an oscilloscope, what can you do with it, and how does it work? This section answers these fundamental questions. The oscilloscope is basically a graph-displaying device – it draws a graph of an electrical signal. In most applications the graph shows how signals change over time: the vertical (Y) axis represents voltage and the horizontal (X) axis represents time. The intensity or brightness of the display is sometimes called the Z axis. (See Figure 1.) This simple graph can tell you many things about a signal. Here are a few:
You can determine the time and voltage values of a signal.
You can calculate the frequency of an oscillating signal.
You can see the “moving parts” of a circuit represented by the signal.
You can tell if a malfunctioning component is distorting the signal.
You can find out how much of a signal is direct current (DC) or alternating current (AC).
You can tell how much of the signal is noise and whether the noise is changing with time.
You can use the oscilloscope to display wave forms of sound and from which you can calculate loudness and pitch of sound.