Hello! Welcome to Terra Minds!
Thank you for dropping by. I am Yokie, Founder of Terra Minds. Ever since I was young, I aspired to be a teacher. As a teacher, I like to create meaningful and relevant lessons so that the learning process is memorable and enjoyable. When my daughter came along, I enjoyed creating a lot of activities for her to explore new experiences or simply have fun making stuff. I realise children are naturally curious and they are like sponges, absorbing new knowledge or experiences readily and always asking questions about what, why or how things work. This was how I got the idea for starting Terra Minds in 2013. I wanted to provide a learning space for children to explore and learn about their natural environment in a fun and hands-on way such as doing experiments and going on field trips. Through these activities, the children will be more aware and grow to appreciate their environment. Since then, we have and are still embarking on many journeys with the children.
Terra Minds prides itself as a pioneer in providing quality and enriching Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math (STEAM) enrichment programmes to young children aged 3 to 12. Children like to explore and draw conclusions from their experiences. To provide guidance and structure to turn their natural curiosity into something more scientific, my team curated learning experiences that help them understand the complex workings of the real world through simplified experiments and crafts. By using scientific instruments, models, apparatus, kits, specimens and even crafts, children will see science concepts come alive!
Forging Close Partnerships
We work closely with parents and our partners to ignite and nurture the children's interest in science, coding and most importantly, to be excited about learning. They are very pleased with how their children are learning and want us to extend their learning into new areas like coding. We continue to create new programmes like Junior Robotics where children can learn sequential thinking and real-life applications using robots. Children really enjoy the thrill of making the robots come alive to accomplish tasks that are equivalent to the jobs and tasks that robots are doing in many industries. ArtScience programmes appeal to children who love art and craft and at the same time, they continue to dwell in many nature science topics. We are really thrilled to be able to showcase our innovative lessons during various community events and share our passion with guests and participants. In 2020, we were honoured to be part of SINDA Digital Literacy Day and President Mdm Halimah tried playing with Robot Dash.
We strongly believe in the importance of holistic development where we can nurture both the minds and hearts of the children. This belief is encapsulated in the Terra Minds logo which contains a tree representing the environment and an elephant representing wisdom and empathy. Elephants are some of the most intelligent, social, and empathic animals around. Ignite the Spark for Learning is our mission. Lesson development and research will keep us busy and committed to bring more fun and hands-on learning to even more children. Check out our online shop and find something for your child to enjoy, be it a science kit or a lesson. Just drop us an email if you are looking for a customised programme for your school or organisation. We will do our best! Thank you once more for stopping by.
Meet Our Founder
Chew Yoke Tong (Yokie) is the Founder of Terra Minds Education. She holds a Masters Degree in Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (Institute of Education, University of London), Postgraduate Degree in Education (National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University) and Bachelor Degree of Arts with Honours (National University of Singapore). Yoke Tong has more than 10 years of teaching experience in both secondary mainstream and Integrated Programme (IP) schools. She was also involved in curriculum work for the secondary unit at the Ministry of Education (Singapore). As former Head of Department for Research Education in Raffles Institution, she has vast experience in teaching Geography and managing the Research Education department that develops students into independent and resourceful learners equipped with critical and creative thinking and research skills. In 2006 and 2008, she was awarded the Caring Teacher Award (organised by National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technology University and ExxonMobile) for her care and efforts in meeting the social and emotional needs of her students.
A Dream Come True
Starting Terra Minds fulfills her dream of working with young children and sharing with them her knowledge and passion for learning. She believes in the importance of instilling a sense of wonder and respect for the natural environment in children so that they will grow up to make informed decisions that protect the well-being of the Earth.
As a fellow of Singapore University of Social Sciences, she has the great privilege to provide support, advice, and performing the role of resource persons in industry outreach and education activities.
Regardless of the situation, she leads with a good mix of empathy and rationality. She ensures that her team's efforts are recognised by giving words of affirmation and giving small tokens of appreciation. Laughter is no stranger to the office and she makes her team laugh without even trying. She often inserts song references in conversation and is part of the BTS army.
Meet the Team
Our team of experienced, dedicated and qualified educators are always passionate in creating new, better and more engaging learning moments. You can be assured that you are entrusting your child in the care of educators with great pedagogical qualifications and knowledge and vast experience.
With a Bachelor in Business (Marketing) from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and a Diploma in Applied Food Science & Nutrition from Temasek Polytechnic, she is fully equipped to cover almost all aspects of Terra Minds. Drawing from her six years of experience, she excels at creating stunning lesson content that is well received by students and parents. While she oversees business development, she continues to teach so as to stay connected with the children and constantly provides feedback on how to improve lessons.
She's also known as the creative and artsy one in the team. In her pastime, she enjoys watching documentaries.
With a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Syira is proficient in her knowledge of Science and is fully equipped to patiently guide her students with the understanding and application of the Science concepts. Drawing from her six years of experience working with children, she is well-liked among parents and students for her energetic and animated personality. She challenges the team to think critically to ensure that all lessons are relevant, factual and fun! Curriculum development is her passion, and she is always looking for inspiration to create new lessons and activities.
When she's not playing devil's advocate, she watches Friends & The Big Bang Theory.
With a Diploma in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Technology, she is proficient in her knowledge of laboratory processes and strongly believes in nurturing the children’s interest in Science. Drawing from her three years of experience working with children, she enjoys the rigour and challenges in developing and delivering lessons that engage the children and allow them to gain confidence through hands-on activities. As she patiently guides the students to understand concepts and try out experiments and challenges, her approach is always well-liked by students and their parents.
As a foodie, she loves venturing into various cuisines and recipes and never fails to spice up our lunch breaks with great food recommendations!
Over the past ten years, she has worked closely with primary school students with different academic abilities. Making sure that her students understand contents is her top priority. She creates a fun and comfortable learning environment for her students through thorough explanations and interactive activities. Her patience in guiding her students through the thought processes has helped many students achieve great improvement. On top of her calm personality, her patience towards her students makes her well-liked by her students and their parents.
Aside from teaching, she is a huge bookworm who explores a range of reading genres.
With more than 20 years in procurement and logistics management, she oversees the preparation of teaching materials for all teachers and is always producing ideas to improve our work processes. Working closely with the team, she developed a system that provides an efficient and accurate distribution of materials that teachers need to make all lessons interactive and exciting!
Imagine Grandmother Fa from Mulan but cooler and wittier. With her trusty radio playing her favourite oldies, she is easy-going and optimistic even when the tough get going.
We have team of experienced, dedicated and qualified educators who are passionate in creating engaging and enriching learning moments for your child. You can be assured that you are entrusting your child in the care of educators with great pedagogical qualifications and knowledge and vast experience.