Waarom zijn gebeurtenissen in de echte wereld zo belangrijk voor STEAM-onderwijs?

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De natuurlijke drang van een kind om te leren, te experimenteren en vragen te stellen is van fundamenteel belang voor zijn opvoeding en ontwikkeling, dus De 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?

Uitdagingen in de echte wereld verkennen met STEAM

STEAM staat voor Science, Technology, Engineering, Art en Mathematics, maar het is meer dan een reeks vakken. Of het nu in de klas is of via het buitenschoolse platform Global Campus, het onderwijs en het denken rond STEAM is de sleutel om kinderen te leren over hun impact op de wereld om hen heen en hoe opwindend de mogelijkheden zijn.

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.

Exclusieve samenwerking met MIT

Aan de basis van het STEAM-onderwijs ligt De British International School Abu Dhabide exclusieve samenwerking met het Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Deze relatie met het MIT biedt studenten kansen die veel verder gaan dan hun curriculum en het klaslokaal. Een student kan deelnemen aan de nieuwe MIT Abstracts-serie die hem of haar toegang geeft tot lezingen met MIT-professoren, leren over wat zij onderzoeken en de impact die dat op ons leven zal hebben, meedoen aan klassikale of speciale thuis-wetenschappelijke uitdagingen zoals de nieuwe Home Labs-serie, of zelfs een bezoek brengen aan de MIT-campus. Het doel van al het MIT-onderwijs is dat studenten een echt probleem begrijpen en identificeren, en samen de uitdaging aangaan om er een oplossing voor te vinden - waarbij hun creativiteit echt op de proef wordt gesteld.

De meest recente STEAM-uitdaging

Tijdens het jaarlijkse House Day evenement op De British International School Abu DhabiDe leerlingen voltooiden een STEAM-uitdaging om punten te verdienen voor hun huis. Leerlingen van de jaren 10-13 bouwden een robothand van papier en rietjes. Ondanks de beperkingen van COVID-19 slaagden ze er toch in om samen te werken en ontwerpen te maken die niet alleen konden bewegen, maar ook andere voorwerpen konden oppakken en verplaatsen!

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 voor jonge geesten

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 De 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.

Mondiaal burgerschap in de gemeenschap

De 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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Of het nu in eigen land is of in het buitenland, STEAM-leren biedt geweldige ervaringen die leerlingen leren wat het betekent om een wereldburger te zijn.

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De British International School Abu Dhabi

The British International School Abu Dhabi

The British International School Abu Dhabi offers a welcoming family community with the highest quality learning opportunities as part of our Global Campus. At The British International School Abu Dhabi, your child will grow as a confident, caring individual, whilst developing the skills and attitudes required to be successful in our constantly evolving international world.