Nord Anglia Education's approach to STEAM learning in collaboration with MIT takes a hands-on approach to education. At the heart of the collaboration is MIT's philosophy of Mens et Manus which means mind and hand in Latin. Not only is it important to pursue excellence through knowledge, but also equally important to apply the knowledge learned to real life. This is the lesson that Nord Anglia imbues in our schools around the world.
At the British International School of Washington, students took this philosophy to heart in their project to rebuild a 60 year old plane, the Piper Pacer 135. According to a report by WUSA9, middle school students will restore the plane to its original glory when it was built in 1952. After learning about different engines and planes, the students now travel to Washington Executive Airport after school every week to work on the plane. Students work with engineers and aviation professionals on site to assemble the parts and collaborate together. They also have responsibility for the business aspect of the project, in which they reach out to companies, create business strategies, and coordinate the procurement of parts, as featured in the China Daily.
This is only one example of how schools can spark student ambition and create a more dynamic learning experience across subjects.
In addition to learning about STEAM subjects, students are thrust into real life situations dealing with variables that force them to make quick decisions and learn skills such as complex problem solving, creativity and collaboration. These are just some of the skills that are vital in a technologically advanced world.