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27 February 2019

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You may be familiar with STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths), but at Compass International School Doha, as a result of our ground-breaking collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), we focus on STEAM.

You may well ask what the A in STEAM is and why do MIT, Nord Anglia Education and Compass International School Doha feel the need to insert the extra letter?

The A stands for Arts because we know that “…a vivid imagination for new ideas are not generated by deduction, but by an artistically creative imagination.” (Max Planck, founder of Quantum Physics)

From Leonardo de Vinci to Einstein, from Bill Gates to Steve Jobs, advances in technology, science and engineering have relied upon creativity and imagination. By including Art in our work on traditional STEM subjects, MIT and Compass International School Doha both recognise that.

During our STEAM Days this year, every student at Compass International School Doha received a Possibility Pyramid containing materials to build and create their own imaginative STEAM projects. This was part of our STEAM days across our three campuses where students are attempting a series of challenges set for them by MIT around the theme of STEAM Superheroes. Students look at how the natural world can be an inspiration for engineers, how wearable technology can give us superpowers, and how engineering principals could be used to improve human health. This is all done in a spirit of Being Ambitious and using project-based learning approaches in encouraging students to take risks and be creative. The school is visited during these days by local experts in the fields described.

Along with our collaboration with MIT, as part of the world’s leading international education provider, Nord Anglia Education, we have the power to collaborate with over 60 top class schools around the world through Global Campus and Nord Anglia University. As part of our MIT collaboration, seven teachers from Compass International School Doha have travelled to MIT in Cambridge to have a week-long intensive training from MIT professors and doctoral students. This has given us the capability to offer the best access to STEAM learning throughout our curriculum, not just during our STEAM Week. The MIT motto is “Mens et manus” which means “mind and hand. We are engaging our students in the very essence of this by allowing them to use their minds to create with their hands. As a result of our collaboration, Compass International School Doha is at the forefront of practical hands-on problem solving activities in student education in Qatar.

Simon Porter is the Director of Quality and Staff Development at Compass International School Doha and has worked extensively with MIT to fashion Nord Anglia Education’s ground-breaking collaboration. Find out more about this collaboration at #NAEMIT and more about Compass International School Doha by visiting their website.

Simon Porter, Director of Quality and Staff Development

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