STEAM Education is at the forefront of the educational world as we know it. Although not a new concept, it is becoming increasingly important as it is seen as an integrated approach; full of the key skills that students will need to solve the problems of the future. STEAM takes the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics and blends them all together in problem solving tasks that will better prepare our students for the world that they will graduate into. It involves elements of design and robotics and if we are looking to the future we want our students to be the ones who find the solutions to the problems that our world is facing, such as pollution, overcrowding, sustainable development, food production and more.
To develop STEAM education within our school we are about to embark on a partnership with one of the most respected universities in the world; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). As part of this partnership 4 students from BIS HCMC will be joining over 100 students from other Nord Anglia Schools from around the world for a week of hands on learning and problem solving run by MIT professors and students for the NAE STEAM week @ MIT 2018.
Just before the TET holiday we saw 40 Year 6 and Year 7 Students confidently present to a panel of judges and peers on how they are ‘innovative’ or ‘innovators’ to win the chance to attend the NAE STEAM week @ MIT 2018.
Submissions to the competition included video games, inventions, videos, animations, examples of work students had created and theoretical ideas to solve problems that the world is facing. The quality of the presentations was outstanding and it was a joy to see so many students share their learning and thoughts in such an open ended way. Some examples of the innovative ideas they came up with include:
- a hamster powered paddle boat that actually worked (no hamsters were harmed in the process).
- An analysis into the ways that we could turn waste plastic into solar powered roads that would both solve the amount of waste plastic in the world and provide a green power source to third world countries.
- Taking the coding skills learned in class to a more advanced level by spending their own time developing computer games in many different coding languages.
The panel was judged by myself, Mr Rowlands, Mr Simon and Mr Chandler and we all agreed that choosing only 4 students was one of the hardest decisions that we had to make. After a lot of careful and difficult deliberations the judging panel came up with four names. These four students will be our BIS HCMC STEAM representatives and travel to MIT in Boston in Term 3. They will tour Harvard University and MIT, work with their peers from other Nord Anglia Schools, learn from MIT Professors, solve problems in innovative ways and bring back this learning to share with us in Ho Chi Minh City.
Congratulations to the 2 students from Year 6; Naomi Tran and Matheo Luong and 2 students from Year 7; Anya Chakarabarty and David Nguyen. These 4 students stood out in a group of amazing applicants due to the way they presented their ideas and showed us how they were an ‘innovator’.
Keep looking to the school social media accounts to see what they get up to at MIT!
Luke Dyer, ICT & DT Lead Teacher (Primary)