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From Science, Technology to Art, How does STEAM Work at NACIS?

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We ask our students to make “Unique” works instead of "perfect" works after STEAM class. We constantly inspire and challenge them to enjoy the process of thinking and creating.

-- Mr. Yan, Primary STEAM Coordinator

 

In the Grade 1 STEAM class, the teacher was discussing nature with students.

Through videos, news and pictures, the teacher explained the problems that we are facing in current world, such as climate change and air pollution, etc. After learning the general background knowledge, the teacher asked the students to think and create with the materials around them.

The title: in your eyes, what will the future city look like?

 

Some students used colorful straws to put together a colorful house and they thought the future city must be colorful.

Other students installed a sunflower on the wall, and they thought the future city must be full of sunshine.

Temples, mosques and Eiffel towers stood in a line. Wherever we are in the world, we have to be concerned about climate change, because this is the future city for all of us.

In these colorful and odd-looking works, you can see students' reflections on the future city.

 

The STEAM course at NACIS is by no means a concept “floating in the sky". Our teachers insist on incorporating the "transdisciplinary" concept into every detail.

 

"On Your Own."

From the moment the topic is selected, the students will "rely on themselves". From doing research, writing plans, finding materials to creating works, they have to do everything by themselves. Reading, information summarization, hands-on skills, engineering techniques, and art design are all integrated into our STEAM class.

 

"Why?”

Our teachers are persistent in stimulating students' thinking ability by asking questions. The teachers kept asking in every step. For example, why do you want to use double-sided tape instead of single-sided tape? Why don't you reinforce the house with cardboard? Why do you use pearl cotton?

Why do we ask? Because a sharp question can inspire students to think and do better.

 

"Learn to Ask and Answer Questions."

In the final work show, students not only need introduce their own works to others, but also find and ask questions from other students’ works. It's not uncommon to answer questions. However, critical thinking begins when you ask them.

 

In STEAM class at NACIS, we offer our students the inspiring education. We encourage them to find out answers for themselves instead of passively receiving instruction.  Our students rely on “thinking” by themselves instead of being “taught” by teachers.

 

It is important to think and design step by step, while the most valuable is the improvement of their experiences and abilities during the process.

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