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At Stamford American School Hong Kong, preparing children to succeed in tomorrow’s world is a top priority. Our STEMinn program combines STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) teaching principles with a focus on innovation in order to give children the core skills needed for their future work.
The World Economic Forum recently listed the top skills required for what has been deemed the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” to include higher-order thinking skills such as complex problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity among other “soft skills” that can’t yet be mimicked by artificial intelligence.
The STEMinn program at Stamford, commencing at age five was developed to drive innovative thinking as well as expand the higher order thinking skills needed to be successful upon graduation. The innovation component added to the STEM program allows students more opportunities to engage in design thinking in the following steps:
This design thinking process transforms an idea into a practical solution which solves a real-world problem. Students engage in design thinking through both individual and team projects. This approach to learning brings creativity to life while developing skills such as problem-solving, coordination with others and project management skills. Deep learning for the students comes during the testing phase where students learn how to improve their work; this phase often is the beginning of further exploration, not the end.