¿Por qué los eventos del mundo real son tan importantes para la educación STEAM?

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El deseo natural de un niño de aprender, experimentar y cuestionar es fundamentalmente importante para su educación y desarrollo, por lo que The British International School Abu Dhabi do not give their students all of the answers. Instead, they give students some of life’s most interesting questions and challenges, and the tools to tackle them. The school’s aim for their students is that they learn creativity and resilience throughout their education. When they leave school and take their first steps into university and beyond, The British International School Abu Dhabi want them to do so with the confidence of real global citizens. The question is, how do they teach that?

Explorar los retos del mundo real con STEAM

STEAM son las siglas de Ciencia, Tecnología, Ingeniería, Arte y Matemáticas, pero equivale a algo más que una serie de asignaturas. Ya sea en el aula o a través de la plataforma extraescolar Global Campus, la enseñanza y el pensamiento en torno a STEAM es la clave para que los niños aprendan sobre su impacto en el mundo que les rodea y lo emocionantes que son las posibilidades.

From a young age, children begin to explore their surroundings and from there, their perspective grows. STEAM takes this natural curiosity which students have as young learners in Early Years and Primary, through to their teenage years in Secondary School, and builds on it with a contextualised, skills-based approach to teaching. It encourages the natural instincts a child has for learning about where they are, how things work as they do, and why it matters, and asks them to apply that curiosity to solving real-world challenges.

Colaboración exclusiva con el MIT

La base de la educación STEAM es The British International School Abu DhabiEl Instituto de Tecnología de Massachusetts (MIT) es el único que colabora con él. Esta relación con el MIT ofrece a los estudiantes oportunidades que van mucho más allá de su plan de estudios y de las aulas. Un estudiante puede participar en la nueva serie MIT Abstracts, que le da acceso a conferencias con profesores del MIT, aprendiendo sobre lo que están investigando y el impacto que tendrá en nuestras vidas, participar en retos científicos en el aula o en casa, como la nueva serie Home Labs, o incluso visitar el campus del MIT. El objetivo de toda la enseñanza del MIT es que los estudiantes comprendan e identifiquen un problema real y asuman en colaboración el reto de encontrar una solución al mismo, poniendo realmente a prueba su creatividad.

El reto STEAM más reciente

Durante el evento anual del Día de la Casa en The British International School Abu DhabiLos estudiantes completaron un desafío STEAM para ganar puntos para su casa correspondiente. Los alumnos de los años 10 a 13 construyeron una mano robótica hecha de papel y pajitas. A pesar de la naturaleza desafiante de las restricciones actuales de COVID-19, se las arreglaron para colaborar y producir diseños que no sólo podían moverse, sino también recoger y mover otros objetos.

The British International School Abu Dhabi students are now taking part in the Global Campus monthly STEAM challenges. Each month, a new challenge is set that requires students to apply their imagination and STEAM knowledge to a new context. February’s STEAM challenge was called ‘Elevator engineer,’ which involved students being set a task to design and build a prototype for a schools elevator. They had to ensure it was well balanced, be able to transport heavy loads up several floors, and needed to be as energy efficient as possible.

The current STEAM challenge for March is called “Trashion designer”, where students are being challenged to use ‘trash’ as a resource, and create a wearable item. This can be an item of clothing, a piece of jewellery a hat or a bag. They can upcycle old clothes, or clean up and repurpose something that is considered rubbish. 

STEAM para mentes jóvenes

From the youngest years through to the oldest students, the role of STEAM is to teach core subjects by contextualising them. STEAM careers has been promoted through Primary, and students have been encouraged to consider all the jobs that have a STEAM element. As part of their learning, Primary students at The British International School Abu Dhabi have been introduced to the Global Campus hacking challenge. In a movement to combat Sustainable Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), and also to develop STEAM skills, the students have been busy developing a superhero vehicle, using waste material from home.

Ciudadanía global en la comunidad

The British International School Abu Dhabi believe that the full value of STEAM is not just in the classroom, but in getting out into the local community. This can be put into practice in lots of different ways. For example, the school may ask students to identify an issue, like a lack of recycling infrastructure, and find a solution to it. Going further afield, students also have the opportunity to attend citizenship expeditions, such as taking part in sustainable development and construction programmes in Tanzania and attending trips to Masdar city, Abu Dhabi sustainable building development, which is powered by renewable energy. The British International School Abu Dhabi students are also part of the Global social leaders programme, where one of the school’s students were successful in winning the Global Goal competition.

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Ya sea en casa o en el extranjero, el aprendizaje STEAM proporciona experiencias increíbles que enseñan a los estudiantes lo que significa realmente ser un ciudadano global.

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The British International School Abu Dhabi

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