Our aim for your child is that they learn creativity and resilience throughout their education with us. When they leave school and take their first steps into university and beyond, we want them to do so with the confidence of real global citizens. The question is, how do we teach that?
Exploring real-world challenges with STEAM
STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, but it equates to more than a series of subjects. Whether in the classroom or through our extra-curricular platform Global Campus, our teaching and thinking around STEAM is the key to your child learning about their impact on the world around them and how exciting the possibilities are.
You will recall that from a young age your child began to explore their surroundings and from there their perspective grew. STEAM takes this natural curiosity which students have as young learners in early years and primary, through to their teenage years in secondary school, and builds on it with a contextualised, skills-based approach to teaching. It encourages the natural instincts your child has for learning about where they are, how things work as they do, and why it matters, and asks them to apply that curiosity to solving real-world challenges.
Our exclusive collaboration with MIT
Underlying our STEAM education is our exclusive collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This relationship with MIT brings opportunities to our students which go far beyond their curriculum and the classroom. Your child might participate in our new MIT Abstracts series which gives them access to lectures with MIT professors, learning about what they are researching and the impact it will have on our lives, take on classroom or special at-home science challenges like our new Home Labs series, or even visit the MIT campus. The objective behind all MIT teaching is for students to understand and identify a real problem, and collaboratively take on the challenge of finding a solution to it - truly putting their creativity to test.
Our most recent STEAM challenge
In school, we set themed challenges each term which relate to real world events so that students can contextualise what they learn. Most recently, for example, our theme has been space. In an exciting opportunity for students at Northbridge International School Cambodia and their peers around the world, students were set a challenge by Dr Jeff Hoffman, five times astronaut and MIT professor, who developed the filtration device on a spaceship headed to Mars. Students were asked to develop their own filtration device, guided by the esteemed professor, and later enjoyed a ‘landing party’ as they watched the Perseverance land on Mars and created their own landing mechanisms to celebrate.