As part of the schools collaboration with MIT, myself and Mr. Garnett-Smith had the amazing experience of attending a week-long course at the number one university in the world. We came together with teachers from 24 other NAE schools from around the world, giving us a unique opportunity to experience the MIT culture, make contacts within other MIT schools and develop outstanding educational opportunities within our schools.
The whole experience was beyond the expectations that either of us had; some of the highlights included meeting Jeffery Hoffman, an astronaut who has been to space 5 times and has taken missions to fix the Hubble telescope. A tour of Aurora Flight Sciences, which is looking at developing the future of aviation through the redesign of planes with NASA. A tour of the student vehicle design labs where students are designing and making a solar paneled racecar. This in conjunction with lectures from of the leading specialists and faculty at MIT incorporating everything from game design, the ethics of Autonomy to Bioengineering.
We covered all areas of STEAM and realized the importance of each integral part of it within the design of the future. Looking at all of the groundbreaking designs, development and research that have taken place through collaboration between different departments shows clearly how the ethos of MIT works.
We came away from the whole experience with our heads buzzing with ideas and our brains slightly exhausted. We truly got an idea of how it must feel to be a students at this astonishing place.
As part of our collaboration we will be giving the MIT experience to all of our students within our school and will again be running the MIT STEAMfest competition to take some students to MIT next year. I hope that all students are ready to go FULL STEAM AHEAD next year.
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