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STEAM - Preparing for an ever-changing world

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With some of our youngest students graduating in the year 2030, a new age of careers yet to be imagined will continue to emerge. 2020 has highlighted just how quickly the world can change and now more than ever, the jobs of the future require flexible, innovative, and multi-faceted individuals. 

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With some of our youngest students graduating in the year 2030, a new age of careers yet to be imagined will continue to emerge. 2020 has highlighted just how quickly the world can change and now more than ever, the jobs of the future require flexible, innovative, and multi-faceted individuals. These skills are grounded in integrating and applying different nodes of knowledge, which is exactly the point of STEAM. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths are all fields which are highly respected and celebrated in their discrete forms. However, when elements of these fields are integrated together, it unequivocally results in breakthroughs for the challenges we face in the world today.

Our collaborative workspace to undertake STEAM projects centres around our Makerspace and this is where imagination and creation can truly thrive. Students have access to a wide range of resources which allow them to explore, experiment and create in rich first-hand experiences. MIT’s core philosophy of ‘Mens et Manus’ or ‘Mind and Hand’ is very much at work as our students strive for their spark of inspiration to materialise into something tangible and functional. This year’s particular focus on physical computing and design skills has been a significant contributor to support our students to transform their high-concept ideas into physical outcomes. Whether it be creating prototypes for social distancing sensors, assistive videogame controllers for people with disabilities or structural models for amphibious homes, our students are actively exploring solutions to real-world challenges.

As part of our innovative STEAM programme, Nord Anglia Education have established a special collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The rich opportunities for our staff and students to engage with MIT’s ethos and philosophies have been pivotal in supporting NAIS Pudong students to collaborate and embrace their curiosity and creativity. With different staff members and students having visited MIT for events and training, regular online seminars from world-leading thinkers on our Global Campus platform, and annual STEAM challenges introduced by a range of MIT faculty, the opportunities are rich and varied.

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This year’s MIT challenge, ‘Into the Void’, is focused around outer space and we are very much looking forward to retired astronaut Dr Jeff Hoffman challenging Nord Anglia students with a Mars-related STEAM project in term 2. With NASA’s perseverance land rover landing in February 2021, the timing could not be better!

The opportunity to apply a variety of skills from the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths in hands-on learning is a highly exciting, enjoyable and rewarding experience for our students. While igniting this flair for STEAM is important, the cross-functional approach exemplifies how we can prepare our students to adapt their skills and make connections across different fields in an ever-changing world. Sharing STEAM and this cutting-edge collaboration with MIT is a truly stimulating experience for us here at NAIS Pudong, but more importantly, it characterises our higher responsibility to best equip our students for the future.