How to make everyday objects do extraordinary things
Stacks of dictionaries, books, cardboard tubes, lollypop sticks, masking tape, empty plastic bottles and many other seemingly mundane items lay strewn across gym floors in Nord Anglia Education schools around the world. Students mill around, thoughtfully picking and choosing items. To a stranger, this may look like a massive recycling project, but there’s more to the scene than meets the eye.
Students in our 42 international schools have harnessed their creative and problem solving skills to perform an ordinary task in an extraordinary way for this year’s Global Campus challenge. We asked our schools to create an ambitious Rube Goldberg machine and students of all ages have worked together to design and construct complicated chain reactions with amazing results.
In the British International School of Chicago, South Loop, a dozen students stand silently, holding their breaths in anticipation as they test their make-shift machine for the first time. One student releases a small ball through cardboard tubing hitting wooden blocks to create a domino effect only to land on its final target: turning the page of a newspaper. The students along with their science teacher, Tom Collins, exclaim with claps and cheers at their accomplishment.
This challenge, along with all our activities, embodies Nord Anglia’s philosophy of being ambitious . We encourage our students to stretch themselves further, to try something new and to believe that they can achieve beyond what they may have thought possible.
Earlier this year, students from across our family of schools shared what being ambitious means to them through videos, raps and poems to inspire other students to be ambitious.
The winners of this year's challenge are Nuyen Duc Tuan, Nguyen Hoan Minh, Mai Hoang Giang and Le Tuan Long, from the British International School Hanoi , who captured personal stories from their friends and teachers. Watch their video here and see more entries from our students here .
Students also explored our philosophy of being ambitious in this year’s Creative Writing Competition. Hundreds of primary and secondary students shared entries, and from short stories of ambition to biographical sketches of people that have shaped our world, the standard of writing was outstanding.
The winning entries from each school will be published in an anthology later this year to celebrate their accomplishments and to encourage them to continue writing, creating, and being ambitious.
Learning has no limits
Being ambitious is also taking our students outside the classroom. Over the last few months, more than 600 students have participated in our citizenship expedition to Tanzania where they have worked hard to build and install solar powered lighting systems, smokeless stoves and goat sheds for families in the villages around Kitefu and Madi Chai, and constructed two houses for teachers at Kitefu Primary School.
Skills for the modern world
So how does Global Campus support your child’s learning? We are committed to creating unique opportunities for our students which inspire them to be ambitious in their learning. In addition to helping broaden your child’s knowledge linked to key curriculum areas, Global Campus activities are designed to nurture key transferable skills such as creativity, collaboration and critical thinking, which will benefit every child in school, university and later life.
Visit our new social hub to see how children in Nord Anglia schools around the world are learning, growing and having fun in our Global Campus every day.
What is the Global Campus?
Students at Nord Anglia Education schools are part of more than just one school. They join our Global Campus, connecting them with friends in 42 international schools around the world to learn together every day.
Through online, in school and worldwide experiences, we help every student explore the world, learn new skills and set their sights higher with an international perspective.
Global Campus Online is a secure and moderated environment where students can access to a wide variety of challenges and resources, learning with 34,000 other Nord Anglia students around the world.
In addition to the outstanding curricula and programmes offered in our schools, Global Campus In School’s activities and competitions enables students to collaborate in teams to create innovative solutions.
Finally, Global Campus Worldwide takes learning beyond the school campus, bringing together students from around the world through truly inspirational experiences.