Launching in September 2016, the program includes the development of a series of in-school challenges for students aged 8 – 12 years old that will focus on the juncture between the five STEAM disciplines. This recognises that many of today’s innovations arise from the intersection of these different subjects; from art and engineering to technology and science.
In addition to the in-school activities, the collaboration will see students across the Nord Anglia network travelling to Massachusetts to participate in an exclusive program each spring, providing them with the opportunity to learn directly from lecturers and students at one of the world’s leading STEAM institutions. Nord Anglia STEAM discipline teachers will also benefit from unique professional development opportunities through annual workshops and ongoing training with MIT staff, hosted by the MIT Museum.
Core to the collaboration is the reflection of MIT’s philosophy of ‘Mens et Manus’, ‘mind and hand’, which calls for a hands-on approach to problem solving. Through this approach, Nord Anglia students will develop key transferable skills, such as flexibility, creativity and communication, which can be employed across all academic subjects, and in future careers.