Por que os eventos do mundo real são tão importantes para a educação STEAM?

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O desejo natural de uma criança de aprender, experimentar e questionar é fundamentalmente importante para sua educação e desenvolvimento, portanto A Escola Internacional Britânica 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?

Explorando os desafios do mundo real com a STEAM

STEAM significa Ciência, Tecnologia, Engenharia, Arte e Matemática, mas equivale a mais do que uma série de assuntos. Seja na sala de aula ou através da plataforma extra-curricular Campus Global, o ensino e o pensamento em torno da STEAM é a chave para as crianças aprenderem sobre seu impacto no mundo ao seu redor e como as possibilidades são excitantes.

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.

Colaboração exclusiva com o MIT

Por trás da educação STEAM está A Escola Internacional Britânica Abu DhabiA colaboração exclusiva do MIT com o Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Esta relação com o MIT traz oportunidades para os estudantes que vão muito além de seu currículo e da sala de aula. Um estudante pode participar da nova série MIT Abstracts, que lhe dá acesso a palestras com professores do MIT, aprendendo sobre o que eles estão pesquisando e o impacto que isso terá em nossas vidas, assumir desafios em sala de aula ou desafios especiais da ciência em casa como a nova série Home Labs, ou mesmo visitar o campus do MIT. O objetivo por trás de todo o ensino do MIT é que os estudantes entendam e identifiquem um problema real, e assumam colaborativamente o desafio de encontrar uma solução para ele - pondo verdadeiramente à prova sua criatividade.

O mais recente desafio da STEAM

Durante o evento anual do Dia da Casa em A Escola Internacional Britânica Abu DhabiOs estudantes completaram um desafio STEAM para ganhar pontos para sua casa relevante. Os estudantes dos anos 10-13 construíram uma mão robô feita de papel e palhinhas. Apesar da natureza desafiadora das restrições atuais da COVID-19, eles ainda conseguiram colaborar e produzir projetos que não só podiam se mover, mas também pegar e mover outros 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 jovens

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 A Escola Internacional Britânica 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.

Cidadania global na comunidade

A Escola Internacional Britânica 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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Seja no país ou no exterior, o aprendizado STEAM proporciona experiências surpreendentes que ensinam aos estudantes o que significa realmente ser um cidadão global.

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The British International School Abu Dhabi

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