Northbridge International School Cambodia has announced that it will be part of a new collaboration with the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Northbridge will implement a unique science, technology, engineering, visual arts and mathematics (Steam) programme based on the multi-disciplinary approach pioneered by MIT.
Launching in September 2016, the programme includes the development of a series of in-school challenges for students, which 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, students from the school will travel to Massachusetts to participate in an exclusive programme each spring at the Cambridge Science Festival. Northbridge’s 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. The programme is expected to expand to educate more than 35,000 students at Nord Anglia’s 43 international schools in the coming years.
“Our new collaboration with MIT will provide our students and teachers exciting and inspirational opportunities to be innovative, embrace creativity and transform teaching and learning,” Sarah Osborne-James, school principal at Northbridge said.
Andrew Fitzmaurice, CEO at Nord Anglia Education added: “As educators, it is our role to ignite our students’ ambitions and prepare them for tomorrow’s challenges. This new programme with MIT will ensure that our students are equipped with the skills they will need in the future workplace, and that they learn these skills in an inspiring way.
“This is an exceptional opportunity for both our students and teachers to benefit from the expertise of one of the world’s preeminent education institutions. With our performing arts curriculum developed in conjunction with the Juilliard School, and this exciting collaboration with MIT, we have ensured that our students will learn from the best. This positions our schools at the forefront of innovative education.”
John Durant, director of the MIT Museum and founder of the Cambridge Science Festival said: “The activities we have created for Nord Anglia students take a unique approach to problem solving, working across disciplines and promoting collaboration between students to create innovative solutions to real world challenges.
“We hope the collaboration with Nord Anglia will inspire students and staff alike, and provide students with key transferable skills that can be employed throughout their lives.”