When ever talking about STEAM we need to remember that it is much more than the 5 subject areas that make up its name. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics are extremely important in any STEAM project, but the soft skills that are developed throughout the process are the true champion of the experience. Student agency, collaboration, time management, creativity and challenge are just a part of a long list of skills that are built upon when students have the opportunity to partake in a challenge like they experienced last week in the MIT Challenge for Week Without Walls.
8I - Re:Mask
There was an overarching theme of sustainability for the challenge and students had a mission to ‘Change people's minds, so that they will change their actions… in a fun way’ - in essence they had to gamify sustainability. Working in their form classes, students had an afternoon to brainstorm solutions then a single day to work through their solution and create a video of their sustainability issue, a fact file that outlined their process, a prototype of their solution and then a presentation to be shared with all of Key Stage 3 on the final Friday afternoon.
Students had access to a wide range of resources and then collaborated throughout the day to complete the challenge in the allotted time. They applied skills that they had learned in past lessons, made choices based upon knowledge that they all brought to the challenge and then sought out expert assistance from teachers when they wanted to integrate technology that they had not yet learned how to use.
The range of projects that students created was phenomenal and far beyond all expectations. Students accepted the challenge of trying to change the way people recycle, have access to clean water, dispose of waste, manage power consumption and all had a twist that would extrinsically motivate people to change their attitudes towards sustainability. One project that stood out to me as a way to dispose of waste in a creative and innovative way was was Plant Bud - take a box of tissues and embed seeds within the tissue paper, so everytime that you use a tissue and dispose of it you are actually planting seeds and thus fighting deforestation and trying to combat air quality issues at the same time.
Luke Dyer STEAM Co-ordinator
Reporting and PTSC dates
All parents will receive an email notification today outlining the reporting and PTSC dates for your child(ren) for Terms 2 and 3. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Lee Falconer (email@example.com) for queries relating to Years 7, 8 or 9, or Mr Matthew Lambert (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any queries relating to Years 10, 11, 12 and 13.
Prefect Training Day
On Wednesday, the new Prefect Team took part in team building activities, developed their knowledge on the importance of teams, learned new concepts regarding leadership, analysed their personality traits and role played difficult scenarios in order to ensure that their roles within the prefect team would prepare them for the challenges ahead.
During the event, the elite Sixth Form students not only built relationships as a team, but also worked closely within their relevant strands; Academic Prefects, Co-Curricular Prefects, and Wellbeing Prefects.
One of our prefects said, “I found the leadership workshop useful because it built on my understanding of leadership; that it's not only about making decisions and listening to others but also that there are different types of leadership. I learned the pros and cons for each and how flexible I have to be in order to become a good leader.”
Another said, “I enjoyed the sessions called “What makes a good team” and “What is leadership” as they were very useful. I learned the fundamental role of prefects and explored the idea of my role as a prefect. The prefect scenarios were also helpful as we had a chance to apply theories that we learnt during the training to solve problems.”
We look forward to watching the new cohort of prefects develop existing projects and launch new and exciting proposals to further develop BIS.
Mr David Pugh - Assistant Head of Sixth Form
Weekly Sports Round-Up - 22nd January
It is great to be back into our SISAC competitions and Mr Phil Husband, Director of Sport, shares all the news from this week’s competition.
Read the Weekly Sports Round Up for this week 18th to 22nd January, here.
Next week is action packed once again with U13&U15 Football and Table Tennis teams pulling on the honour of the BIS jersey against AIS.
Please visit this Fixtures list for all of the upcoming Season 2 matches and follow this link for Match Highlights of our U15 and U19 home games. Also make sure to visit https://twitter.com/BISHCMC_PE for more photos, videos and all of the action from each of our games.
Mr Husband - Director of Sport