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NAE Global Challenge - We WON!

17 May 2016

Back in February, we announced that we would be entering the NAE Global Challenge to build the biggest, most creative, most technically competent RUBE Goldberg machine.

  • Rube Goldberg Global Challenge – We WON!
  • Rube Goldberg Global Challenge – We WON!

We are delighted to announce that after a month of judge’s deliberation we have been awarded Overall Winner and Most Ambitious!

“This was incredible! We couldn't believe the tour that took place around your whole school and that so many students and faculty were a part of its creation. We particularly enjoyed the drama interlude and how people became an expression of the machine's spirit. Absolutely wonderful, Ho Chi Minh City!” – Judge’s Comments

This year the challenge focused on STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. It involved students across the whole school collaborating and working together to create a complicated invention that ultimately performed a simple task.

Despite this being our first year in the competition, we knew that competition would be fierce, and we were right. With other Nord Anglia schools from North America, Europe, South East Asia, China and the Middle East all taking part we knew that we had to think big and be ambitious.

In order to take on the world, we encouraged school wide participation recruiting students from across all three campuses to get involved, and they did. Completely student led, their enthusiasm grew in momentum, and with it the size of our machine grew too. We had students from F 1 to Year 13 working together, exploring ideas and creating the end result.

Whilst things didn’t always work first time, our students persevered, collaborating with each other to find solutions. They never gave up, and the final product was worth every effort. Not only did our RUBE Goldberg machine, involve students from all age groups and showcase different departments within the school, but it also crossed a road in Vietnam. No easy task!

“The whole school community was involved, students from EYFS to IB, teaching staff, support staff and our parents donating household items. Thank you to each and every one of you. The students involved showed exactly what BIS is about – they showed great collaboration, commitment, leadership and good humour throughout the whole process. We are extremely proud of their achievement, and looking forward to defending our title next year!”- Sean O’Neill, Assistant Headteacher

You can watch a selection of all of the entries from across the Nord Anglia Education group here!