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STEAM and Project Based Learning, a Perfect Pair!

We are currently experiencing the fastest pace of change in history… and this pace is only going to increase with time. Success in this rapidly-changing economic, social, and political environment requires problem solving and innovation in a way never seen before. Occupations in science, engineering, and technology are growing at rates faster than other occupations, but fewer and fewer students are either qualified or interested in pursuing careers in these areas.

To respond to these challenges and better prepare students for a future filled with change, we at MSB Dubai have begun taking a STEAM approach to student learning. The movement to STEAM not only focuses on additional instruction in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, art and math, it takes a holistic approach to that instruction, breaking down the artificial academic silos between them. The integrated approach to instruction in these areas is designed to not only improve student achievement in each of them, but also to better reflect the knowledge and ways of thinking needed for successful problem solving and innovation in today’s economy.

MSB channels the powerful impact of projects and incorporates them in our curriculum to make learning enjoyable and challenging for our students. We use Lego Learning, Robotics and Inside Innovators (an MSB program) to engage and prepare our children.

Lego Learning

As we enhance student-led learning, MSB is using LEGO project-based learning to develop the 21st- century skills that are essential for the careers of tomorrow. Students will experience science, technology, engineering and mathematics first-hand through innovative, engaging tools that place them at the centre of the learning environment. We are also introducing and extending our support in training our students for the FIRST LEGO League competition, which is a STEM-oriented, project-based learning experience that involves robotics and a real-word theme. This year the theme is CITY SHAPERS.

Robotics

Robotics has been incorporated as an after-school activity; children get to discover a new passion whilst learning about coding, technological communication, programming skills and creative thinking, with an added boost to their self-confidence and teamwork skills. An interesting range of topics supports the students’ learning.

Years 5 and 6

  • Bristlebot (Solar-powered) and Sphero
  • Wigglebot and Sphero
  • Color Sensing Robot
  • Be a Public Speaker
  • Fundamentals of Presentation

Years 7, 8 and 9

  • Obstacle Avoiding Bot
  • Line Following Robot
  • Speedy Light Tracking Robot
  • Speak Like a Pro
  • Presentation Dynamics

Inside Innovators

Inside Innovators is MSB’s in-house cross-curricular development program. Students learn through a series of inter-connected topics, often culminating in incredible projects. With Inside Innovators, our students learn about a variety of subjects through a singular focal point, are free to explore ideas and thoughts and incorporate research and critical thinking in their day-to-day learning process.