CHICAGO, July 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park has today announced that it will be part of a new collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). BISC Lincoln Park will implement a unique science, technology, engineering, visual arts and mathematics (STEAM) program based on the multi-disciplinary approach pioneered by MIT.
Launching in September 2016, the program includes the development of a series of in-school challenges for students which focus on the juncture between the five STEAM disciplines. This recognizes 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 BISC Lincoln Park will travel to Massachusetts to participate in an exclusive program each spring along with students from other Nord Anglia Education schools. They will learn directly from lecturers and students at one of the world's leading STEAM institutions. BISC Lincoln Park 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.
Core to the collaboration is the reflection of MIT's philosophy of 'Mens et Manus', 'mind and hand', which calls for a hands-on approach to problem solving. Through this approach, BISC Lincoln Park students will develop key transferable skills, such as flexibility, creativity and communication, which can be employed across all academic subjects, and in future careers.
"Children will learn the skills of the scientific method," said Science Leader, Tom Collins. "How to gather data in math. How to present their findings in a creative way in art."
"Being able to transfer those skills from one silo of learning to another enables them to see problems in a much more creative way and solve those problems."
Andrew Fitzmaurice, Chief Executive Officer at Nord Anglia Education said, "As educators, it is our role to ignite our students' ambitions and prepare them for tomorrow's challenges. This new program 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, "Collaborating with Nord Anglia has enabled us to develop something truly exciting. 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."
The program is expected to expand to educate more than 35,000 students at Nord Anglia's 42 international schools in following years. This new venture comes one year after Nord Anglia Education launched its performing arts collaboration with The Juilliard School.
For further information, please contact:
James Haenes, Director of Communications, [email protected], 773-506-2097
About British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park
BISC Lincoln Park is an internationally-minded private institution preparing students two-years old and up to succeed through a values-based education at a state-of-the-art, five-story campus with a true-to-the-heart Chicago neighborhood feel. Founded in 2001, the school's mission is to provide an ever-evolving experience for ever-evolving learners. BISC Lincoln Park recognizes the uniqueness of each child through learning that promotes challenge and personalized education at all levels. To learn more about BISC Lincoln Park's unique, international private school experience, please visit: www.bischicagolp.org.
About Nord Anglia Education, Inc.
Nord Anglia Education (NYSE: NORD) is the world's leading premium schools organization. Our 42 international schools are located in China, Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and North America. Together, they educate more than 35,300 students from kindergarten through to the end of secondary education. We are driven by one unifying philosophy – we are ambitious of our students, our people and our family of schools. Our schools deliver a high quality education through a personalized approach enhanced with unique global opportunities to enable every student to succeed. Nord Anglia Education is headquartered in Hong Kong SAR, China. Our website is www.nordangliaeducation.com.
SOURCE British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park