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Global Campus: The Big Challenge!

01 March 2016

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) task centred on building a Rube Goldberg Machine

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We are thrilled to be able to announce the launch of this year’s Global Campus ‘Big Challenge’ at Dover Court International School. Students in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be working simultaneously on the same challenge as part of their Project Based Learning and attended a launch assembly led by Ms Boysen. 

Students watched this video as a provocation for the task – please click the link to watch it yourselves.

This year’s challenge is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) task centred on building a Rube Goldberg Machine. A Rube Goldberg machine is an overly engineered machine used to perform a simple everyday task. 

Want an example? Have a look at the OK Go video from a few years back:

OK Go Video

This challenge will involve the students working together in their classes to draft designs, collect materials and build their machines in the most creative way. We also hope they have a lot of fun doing this project and enjoying sharing their successes with other schools in the Nord Anglia Education family.  

All classes will present a final version of their machine by video for judging by Friday 18th March, and a final winning class will be announced before Friday 25th March. The final winning entry will be submitted to the Global Campus team in Oxford to be judged by some very important people from the world of ‘STEAM’ in the USA! 

Parents - What you can do to help:

  • Talk to your children about the task and encourage their creative thinking 
  • Send ‘junk’ materials that might be useful into school with them – the more the better!
  • Look on the Global Campus Online with your students via the Big Challenge competitions page for further resources and inspiration
  • Help the students to take part in the discussion forums related to the challenge