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Full STEAM Ahead: Getting Ready for the Future of Education at St Andrews and Nord Anglia

Over the last week, Nord Anglia hosted a professional development event at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts that introduced the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) collaboration to the attending schools. Mr Keith and Mr Will represented St Andrews, and worked alongside teachers from other NAE schools to help plan how the programme will be implemented over the next few years.

MIT was chosen for this collaboration not only for its position as the world’s leading university, but also because their innovative approach to teaching fits in with the Nord Anglia vision for STEAM education. The MIT motto "mens et manus" (mind and hand) underpins their philosophy that effective learning can only take place when students are engaged in practical investigation as well as theoretical study.

The theme of the coming year's collaboration is “Navigating Tomorrow”, and attendees were treated to a raft of inspirational talks from some of the leading figures in the fields of aviation, bioengineering and artificial intelligence. St Andrews students will explore these themes next year through a series of challenges developed by MIT for Nord Anglia schools. These challenges will follow the MIT learning approach, and consist of opportunities for interdisciplinary, collaborative, project-based skill development. In Term 3, a small group of students will again have the opportunity to travel to MIT to experience the excitement of cutting-edge STEAM projects first hand.

In addition to the curriculum-based learning, we will be offering extra-curricular opportunities for students to broaden their STEAM experiences. As the Dean of Admissions for MIT pointed out to attendees, it is these extended opportunities for deeper learning that often allow students to demonstrate their true potential, and count for much more than just grades when it comes to selecting students for prestigious universities such as MIT.