Over the next four weeks, students across Primary will be set an exciting challenge during allocated ECA time. This is linked to Nord Anglia Education’s collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as the students will be taking part in an MIT style hack.
Our ‘hack challenge’ aims to encourage each student to change an objects purpose by thinking creatively. Throughout their ECAs and at home, students will be given the opportunity to work independently to make their own hack. In their first ECA students will each be given a cardboard tube which they must think of a funny, artistic, creative and cool design purpose. Your child’s ECA teachers will explain this to them and support them throughout their designing and making process. Your child may need to bring in some additional resources from home to help with the design and production process.
Over the February Winter Break the students will be given the opportunity to complete their designs and create a short video explaining their creation or take a photograph which shows their creation and how it can be used. The students who come up with the most creative designs will be entered into the final stages of the competition, as voted for by students and teachers, when prizes will be awarded for the winners.
This is aimed to be a fun activity, which develops students’ 21st century thinking skills such as critical thinking and problem solving and allows them to be entrepreneurial in their ideas and apply their skills to practical experiences. While we encourage families to support and motivate students, it really is an opportunity for them to develop their personal ingenuity.
ECAs (Extra-Curricular Activities) play an important part of the NACIS experience we offer our Secondary students. At the beginning of each semester students can choose from an extensive list of ECAs to participate in after school on four days of the week. ECAs range from Philosophy to Costume Design, from Chinese Calligraphy to Taekwondo, from Choir Club to Coding Club.
There are also many NACIS Global Campus ECAs which allow our students access to the wider family of Nord Anglia schools and students, such as the Creative Writing Competition, Maths Challenge and Global Action.
The idea is that students are offered the opportunity to enrich their learning. They can choose ECAs which either support their current learning or try something new. It’s a tremendous opportunity to gain new skills, work with new people, adopt new ways of thinking and take on new challenges. All these will help our students to navigate their way through their school life and beyond.
21st century skills require students to be knowledgeable, adaptable, creative, effective communicators, critical thinkers and team workers. ECAs are an important part of the NACIS package in developing these attributes, and at the end of each semester, the student will finish his/her ECA a more enriched person than when he/she started.
Over the coming weeks before the Semester Two cycle of ECAs begins, students will have another exciting opportunity to work collaboratively on a project directly related to the UN Global Goals initiative; in this case Goal #2 Zero Hunger. Students will work together to decide on local, national and international spending priorities in order to reduce world hunger. What could be more relevant or important in a world with an ever-increasing population?