Just like our Global Campus Xtra, STEAM Xtra, and Performing Arts Xtra activities that students have been enjoying, BIS students have the opportunity to join their 66,000 Global Campus classmates in virtually climbing Kilimanjaro, building a realistic destination using Minecraft, or to take on an environmental challenge. Let's find out more...
Virtual Kilimanjaro Climb
Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest freestanding peak, standing at 5895m above sea level. Those that are daring enough to physically climb it would have to endure harsh weather conditions, high altitude, and long days off climbing. Our students may not have to take on extreme weather, but they do still have to demonstrate high levels of perseverance and dedication. Whether in teams of 5 or solo, students are being asked to climb a total of 93,000 steps before the end of May logging their progress on Global Campus as they go. This challenge is now closed to new participants, but you can follow everyone’s progress through Global Campus.
Get Involved! Challenges
Also on Global Campus are a series of Expeditions Challenges to help students to prepare for a virtual expedition. Whether that is growing their own food, considering food miles, culturing biodiversity at home, or learning how to make useful knots - students can choose what they get involved in. Our particular favourite is the Plastic Challenge, which will help with our #2020PlasticPledge goal to rid our campuses of single-use plastic.
The first task is to swap as many single-use items in the home as possible with reusable or sustainable ones (try a shampoo bar or a reusable grocery bag, for example). Then consider what else can be done in school to help towards our pledge, and share the ideas with our Student Council Sustainability committee. Finally, there is the chance for students to start their own awareness campaign in school.
As we can’t visit our expedition bases in Tanzania or Switzerland at the moment, the expedition team thought Minecraft might be a way of helping students think about their future trip to one of these amazing locations, or a chance to show what they remember from their previous visits. These are just two of the expeditions that will be on offer for our Year 10 and Year 12 students next year!
The challenge invites students to use their imagination to some extent, but we really want builds to be as realistic as possible (there are no dragons in Switzerland!).
At BIS Secondary, students have already made a start with the support of Mr Astbury. They are working hard to build the most realistic Swiss and Tanzanian Village in the world of Minecraft. As well as their imagination, students are doing some research so that they can create a realistic Swiss or Tanzanian village. The challenge requires teamwork and knowledge of the skills of every member of the team, making sure to explore everyone’s potential to achieve something amazing.
The competition officially began on 1st May, and our teams have 1 month to complete their builds. They will be judged on originality, technique, design, and accuracy to real life, with judges from our NAE Central Expeditions Team choosing the winning villages.
Logging in to Global Campus
1. Go to globalcampus.nae.school
2. Click the ‘Log in with Office 365’ button
3. Log in using your child's .com email (not .net email), e.g. jchang57bisvietnam.com. The password will be what you use to login on to a school computer.
You will then be able to access the links in this article!
Ms Lauren Binnington, Assistant Head Teacher Secondary Campus