Four students from each school attend STEAM Week @ MIT, which meant students had to compete fiercely to earn their spot as one of the chosen ones. We followed Nord Anglia International School in Hong Kong (NAIS HK) to find out how their students got selected and what they’re most looking forward to on this trip.
In order to qualify for a spot, 80 students entered a “Hack the Bottle” challenge where they were asked to think creatively about how they could reuse a single-use plastic bottle.
“Last year we did a ‘Hack the Tube’ challenge, which was a cardboard tube they [the students] had to hack or turn into something different,” said Darren Sutton, NAE-MIT Programme Lead and Computing Teacher at NAIS HK. “This year we did a ‘Hack the Bottle’ challenge… It was linked to the work we did last year on pollution and recycling, specifically plastic oceans.” Sutton will also be attending STEAM Week with his students.
Sutton says the idea to hack something is a prominent aspect of MIT’s culture. The ‘Hack the Tube’ challenge, for example, came about from the acceptance or offer letters the university sends out to students in tubes. “People take the tube and hack it, or turn it into other things. A culture sprung up, informally, although it’s not directed by MIT,” he said.