Nord Anglia Education
St Andrews Bangkok
11 September, 2023

An enriching learning experience for Ms Holly at MIT

Unleashing Innovation and Collaboration: My Experience at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's STEAM-focused Teacher Training

At St Andrews Bangkok, we believe that fostering a culture of collaboration among our dedicated educators is not just an opportunity but a necessity. These collaborations empower our educators to continually refine their teaching methods, share their expertise, and collectively work towards a brighter future for our students.

As part of the Nord Anglia Education collaboration with MIT, our teachers are provided with the invaluable chance to participate in remarkable collaborations, ultimately enriching their teaching experience and the learning journey of every student they teach.

Our High School STEAM and Sustainability Lead, Ms Holly, recently had the opportunity to join NAE MIT Professional Development Week which was held in Boston, Massachusetts this past summer. 

Written by Ms Holly, High School STEAM & Sustainability Lead


I recently had the opportunity to join NAE MIT Professional Development Week, a transformative programme that focuses on the fusion of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM), empowering the exploration of cutting-edge fields, connecting with esteemed MIT professors, and unlocking new possibilities for promoting our school's educational vision.

We explored a diverse range of STEAM content, providing the opportunity to delve into various STEAM fields that are shaping the future of education. I had the privilege of engaging with a diverse range of topics, including manufacturing and engineering, climate action, plasma fusion, exoplanets and satellites, art and neuroscience, and geology. Through workshops, interactive sessions, and lectures led by MIT professors, I gained insights into these fields.

Another memorable aspect of this teacher training programme was the opportunity to experience MIT's state-of-the-art laboratories. From workshops to immersive labs equipped with the latest AR/VR technology, I gained first-hand experience with cutting-edge technology and techniques. Whether it was exploring manufacturing processes, studying the Earth's geological formations, or visualizing complex concepts through virtual reality, these immersive experiences deepened my understanding and sparked my creativity.

JOHN HEART, MIT Professor - Head of Manufacturing & Engineering

We participated in MIT STEAM challenges that culminated in an inspiring expo. These STEAM challenges allowed me to apply the knowledge and skills I gained throughout the programme to real-world problems. For this expo, I collaborated with fellow educators, worked on projects related to climate change mitigation, showcased our innovative solutions and highlighted the transformative impact of STEAM education.

The knowledge and insights gained from the MIT teacher training programme, combined with the incorporation of MIT STEAM challenges, will enable us to promote STEAM education at our school. By embracing interdisciplinary approaches and leveraging technology, we can inspire our students to become lifelong learners, problem solvers, and innovators who are well-equipped to address the pressing issues of our time.


This programme has fueled my excitement to incorporate the MIT STEAM challenges into our school's curriculum for the academic year. By integrating these challenges, we will provide our students with hands-on opportunities to explore and tackle complex problems across various STEAM disciplines. This approach will foster their critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities of the future.

This was an extraordinary experience that has profoundly impacted my approach to education. The exposure to a diverse range of STEAM fields, the connections made with MIT professors, and the participation in MIT STEAM challenges have empowered me to create a dynamic and innovative learning environment. As we enter the new academic year, I am thrilled to share these experiences with our students and ignite their passion for STEAM education.