STEAM encourages students to work together to combine their strengths, incorporating elements of maths, science, art and design, whilst also promoting key learning skills including:
Critical thinking - finding solutions to problems
Creativity - thinking outside the box
Collaboration - working with others
Communication - talking/sharing with others
Our projects will introduce the pupils to three MIT superheroes, enabling them to explore some of the work that the professors do. Some children may be designing their own experiments to measure human performance whilst others might be researching how animals have adapted and how we could use these ideas to enhance our lives or specific products. Some children may be looking at existing products and evaluating them to see how they can be improved or developed, maybe drawing upon inspiration from the animal kingdom - thinking about how to make something stronger, lighter, faster or more durable, whilst others will be looking to the animal world to gain inspiration for a superhero gadget.
If you want to prepare your child at home you could discuss the powers and strengths of a superhero and be thinking of some unusual creatures which have different strengths and abilities.
Which animals are good jumpers? Which are fast runners? Which features make a good swimmer? How are some animals camouflaged? How do others fly? Which animal is the fastest? How do some animals protect themselves?
Meet our MIT superheroes…
Looks to the animal world as inspiration for a superhero’s power and solutions to human problems.