“Hacking Our Spaces” was a School Collaboration designed for students to learn and practice solving real-world problems using STEM and a Design Thinking approach. Participants researched on how STEM has impacted their lives and explore how STEM solutions can be leveraged to improve spaces like homes, schools, and communities around them. This was achieved by either acquiring some (block) programming using Microbits through an online platform, learning about different types of smart materials and their applications, or exploring other areas of STEM. Through a common online sharing platform, participants shared and collaborated with each other to study the different spaces of their partners and worked on solutions to hack the spaces with creative solutions to have useful functionalities.
“Great Minds in STEM, Bridging the Gap” invited students from Asia and Europe to share the application of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in schools. Rather than teaching the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world. Students and teachers from Asia and Europe got a better understanding of the STEM subjects by sharing information on the importance of these subjects, and by exploring creative ways of teaching them in schools.
Climate change is impacting Asian and European countries in different ways. “The ARCTIC” exposed learners to different global issues and encouraged them to actively participate in raising awareness and proposing possible and logical solutions to the identified global plight of combatting climate change. The students documented how global issues are affecting their respective countries. A dedicated website published their personal blogs, vlogs, pictures, research, etc.
By sharing what they value on personal, community, national and global levels, students gained greater appreciation of how these aspects of their lives are similar yet different for youth across Asia and Europe.
Leveraging on the increasing use of technology, students assumed the role of photo-journalists or anthropologists to study, document and share stories of their home country with peers around the world via an online platform.
Students selected songs whose lyrics appeal to them for their power in expressing ideas or ideals. Using a range of ICT they shared lyrics, recorded their own songs and discussed song meanings with their peers.
This project culminated in online news broadcasts with students enhancing their collaborative research, production and editing skills.
Students researched and shared information about their countries’ landmarks, considering how best to increase awareness of them.
Students learnt to appreciate the cultural diversities embedded in languagesby examining ‘loanwords’ found in different languages.