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STEAM Days at O Castro

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STEAM Day is a day of celebrating the skills and understanding students learn when they engage in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics skills.

We know that the demand for STEAM oriented job skills is high and that introducing children to STEAM from a young age can improve their development in crucial areas ranging from rational thinking to everyday social and emotional skills.

STEAM Day is a day of celebrating the skills and understanding students learn when they engage in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics skills – it´s a day when we focus on the advantages that come when we emphasise the links between these subjects and acknowledge that together, these areas push society forward. As Mitchel Resnick, Professor of Learning Research at MIT Media Lab, and founder of the popular coding programme Scratch, said at Bett 2019, the annual meeting of the global EdTech Community: “[The ability] to act creatively is essential to success and happiness in today’s society. Children need to be able to come up with innovative solutions to the unexpected and unpredictable situations which they will confront as they grow up.”

Eco debates

World leaders are currently tackling climate change challenges at COP27 in Egypt. Our student leaders did not want to miss the opportunity to address this issue with secondary school students. To do so, they have organised a series of debate sessions in which they will address the challenges we face as a society, as well as test their argumentation and public speaking skills.

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Organised entirely by two Year 13 pupils, the event involves pupils from Year 7 to Year 9, who have tackled such relevant topics as global warming and its impact on the planet as we know it, both locally and globally.

Leyre and Miguel, promoters of this initiative explain: “When we heard about the Science Day Globeducate had proposed, it seemed to us a great idea to link it with the United Nations Conference (COP 27), which started on the 7th of November. This is why we started to devise these debates destined for students from Key Stage 3, which encompass the current environmental situation and the ensuing political scene. We aim to encourage younger students to change their behaviour and to help them to adapt to what is already a global emergency”

In words of our Head of School: Our Year 13 students and Eco Leads have spent today talking to our younger students regarding the COP 27 UN Climate Change Conference and to listen to their concerns on the issue, in addition to what we could be doing further as a school to tackle the issue. It is wonderful that students are prepared to take action on such a vital subject as they will be the ones to shape future decisions and policies on this”

 

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