“The opportunity to do challenges with MIT in school is really about helping our students to work on current, latest research that’s happening right now at MIT”, says Mark Orrow-Whiting, Director of Curriculum and Student Performance at Nord Anglia Education.
Linking the heroic, cutting-edge research work happening at MIT to superheroes in today’s popular culture is a fun and unique entry point into STEAM learning, enabling them to pick up some of the 21st century skills NAE schools have been working hard to promote, says Orrow-Whiting.
Last year’s MIT Challenges were centred around similar ideas, under the theme Navigating Tomorrow. Students explored the needs of the future of transportation, including driver-less cars, sustainable fuel sources and how air travel (including aircraft design) could change to lessen its carbon footprint on the environment.
“MIT is really all about interdisciplinary, project-based, collaborative, student-led learning. That’s what they do with their students. The collaboration with Nord Anglia is about helping our teachers, and through our teachers, our students experience those same things.”