Nord Anglia held its first STEAM Festival last week hosted by NAIS Hong Kong. The theme was our MIT Challenge of Superhero’s. NACIS chose four superheroes from Grade 5 and four from Grade 8. Each student had to design their own superhero and create a piece of wearable technology that would enhance a humans performance.
We had a variety of hero inventions – Fireman and Jumping boy, Electricity stunning gloves and gloves that fired hands and lasers. We were the stand out school at the first event Comic Con. In the afternoon all students participated in a variety of workshops including making an underwater drone. Programming a drone to fly, programming a small robot to attack by bursting balloons. Pupils also learnt how to make a computer game using Java script. In the evening the pupils visited the Carnival and had the opportunity to try out all the rides.
Day 2 was competition day. Pupils had to invent a vehicle that could transport Captain Egg down a ramp, being dropped from the third floor and to be able to float in the school swimming pool with additional weights added every minute. Grade 5 came up with a very simple idea but realized too late that the egg could not survive the fall. They quickly regrouped and made another vehicle but ran out of time. Grade 8 concentrated on floating in the pool and moving down the ramp and missed out on valuable points by not being able to stay in the air long enough for the drop. Many lessons were learnt but most important the core element of STEAM – test your product, learn from mistakes and try again! We also learnt the importance of teamwork and resilience.
In the evening pupils had a well-earned rest watching an Avengers movie with ice cream. On the last day pupils worked with lots of students from other schools to solve six MIT puzzle challenges. We had a lunch and said goodbye to new friends. Next year we hope to come home with a prize.