Students at DCIS will soon benefit from an innovative collaboration between Nord Anglia Education and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), one of the world’s most influential universities. From April 2017, the school will offer an enhanced STEAM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) developed by experts, researchers and scientists from MIT.
At the centre of this collaboration is MIT’s philosophy of ‘mind and hand’, which calls for a hands-on, interdisciplinary approach to learning and problem solving. This approach encourages students to develop key 21st century skills such as flexibility, creativity, communication and complex problem solving, which will support students’ success in school as well as preparing them for the jobs of the future.
DCIS students will attend the MIT-Nord Anglia STEAMFest hosted by the university in April 2017. There, they will interact with and learn from renowned MIT academics through a programme of forward-looking activities including bioengineering, coding and robotics. From September, students will also participate in a series of in-school challenges which focus on developing practical solutions to real-world challenges. Teachers at DCIS will stay up-to-date in the latest developments in STEAM through annual professional development workshops and ongoing training with MIT staff.
DCIS Principal Christopher Short said, "We are really looking forward to our engagement with the MIT programme. Not only will a group of students get to visit one of the top rated universities in the world but all our students will benefit from the focus on STEAM activities throughout the year. The programme fits very well with our existing curriculum and gives an exciting edge that will engage students and children of all ages."
John Durant, Director of the MIT Museum and Adjunct Professor in the Science, Technology Society Program said, "Collaborating with DCIS will enable us to develop something truly exciting. The activities we have created for students take a unique approach to problem solving, working across disciplines and promoting collaboration between students in the creation of innovative solutions to real world challenges."