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Exploring The World And Beyond

Learning lasts a lifetime and at THE LEARNING LAB, we believe learning extends beyond the four walls, a whiteboard, and markers of a classroom. With global trends and world affairs weaved into lessons, we provide a platform to develop your child’s life skills to help set a strong foundation for a future-ready individual. It’s about the flare of curiosity as your child learns more about the world around him or her and also the passion to change the world he or she will inherit.


This curiosity to question and the courage to imagine and implement are the key driving factors that help Boyan Slat, a 22 year old Dutch inventor, entrepreneur and aerospace engineering student, realise his ambitious plan and life mission to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. Boyan Slat has been recognised as one of the 20 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs Worldwide (Intel EYE50), and is the youngest-ever recipient of the UN’s highest environmental accolade; Champion of the Earth.

The Ocean Cleanup – Public Lecture Details

This November, in partnership with Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, The Learning Lab is pleased to offer your child the opportunity to hear from and interact with Boyan Slat (1994), the inventor behind The Ocean Cleanup.



Existing TLL students from Secondary 1 to JC 2. There are only 40 seats reserved for TLL students! 

Date: Friday, 25 November 2016

Time: 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Venue: Lobby, Oei Tiong Ham Building, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, 469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259772


Please Note

(i) Registration is free, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis

(ii) Transportation is not provided for this event.

(iii) This is a public event.

(iv) By attending this event, you consent to your image and TLL publicity materials being shared. 


Exclusive 'Meet And Greet' Session For TLL Students

Here’s a chance for your child to get up close and rub shoulders with Boyan Slat in a Meet and Greet session, exclusively for TLL students. 

Your child will also receive a curriculum hand-out specially developed by TLL for this event.


Meet Boyan Slat, The Young Entrepreneur On A Mission To Rid The World's Oceans Of Floating Plastic


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At a young age of 16, while diving in Greece, Boyan recounted "I saw more plastic bags than fish”. The avid diver was shocked, and even more shocked that there was no real solution.

Slat had always enjoyed working out solutions to puzzles, and while pondering this one, it came to him - rather than chase plastic, why not harness the currents and wait for it to come to you?

"Everyone said to me: 'Oh there's nothing you can do about plastic once it gets into the oceans,' and I wondered whether that was true."

The ocean is a big place. So big that cleaning it was always deemed impossible. It would take thousands of years, tens of billions of dollars and vast amounts of energy to complete.  One simple idea changed all this: why move through the ocean, if the ocean can move through you? The Ocean Cleanup is developing a passive technology which allows the natural ocean currents to do the hard work for us. Computer simulations predict a single 100 km installation can remove half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years. 


He founded The Ocean Cleanup in 2013, a foundation with the ambitious plan to rid the world oceans’ plastic, raising US$80,000 (S$113,000) in 15 days, after a presentation at TEDx Delft (The Netherlands) went viral on the internet. Boyan Slat has been recognized as one of the 20 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs Worldwide (Intel EYE50), and is the youngest-ever recipient of the UN’s highest environmental accolade; Champion of the Earth.The Ocean Cleanup has been chosen by TIME magazine as one of the 25 best inventions of 2015.


Catch his Tedx Talk, crossing over 2.5 million views, How the Oceans can Clean Themselves