- Staff INSET August 10, 2020 – August 11, 2020
- Staff Preparation August 13, 2020 – August 16, 2020
- First day of Term August 17, 2020
In High School at Pensmith STEM International, we focus on STEM education and the development of 21st Century Skills, including Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity.
We deliver our curriculum through projects based around several vital environments (Space, Air, Land, Terrain, and Sea).
This way, our students are explicitly exposed to real-world problems and challenges, which demonstrates to them the relevance and importance of what they are learning.
The Projects, referred to as “STEM Projects”, have an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and also benefit from the integration of other subject areas including English, Humanities, Art, Design, and ICT.
STEM Projects combine skills and knowledge from across the curriculum. This develops students’ ability to work in teams to promote their critical thinking and problem-solving skills through discovery and exploratory learning. Students develop and research ideas and work towards developing and innovating solutions to real-world problems.
We believe that STEM Education is an excellent way to prepare children for the future.
Space, Air, Land, Terrain, and Sea are the five unique environments which we base our projects around. Each environment has a unique set of challenges for our student to overcome as they learn, understand and innovate to find sustainable solutions. We encourage students to participate in international competitions through these projects. Take a look at the featured project examples below.
In undertaking these projects, students develop subject knowledge and a range of skills such as problem-solving, project management, communication, presentation, teamwork, innovation, self-promotion, collaboration, marketing and entrepreneurship.
Students will graduate with a high school diploma alongside certifications for the skills they have developed during the program. Students can choose to continue their education at International universities in Thailand and around the world studying in STEM and Non-STEM related fields.
We believe that STEM Education is an outstanding way to prepare children for the future.
There are four principles which guide the development of worthwhile projects:
1. Sustainable: Projects incorporate real-world problems through UN Sustainability Goals and focus on quality and sustainable solutions.
2. Transferable: Projects should allow students to develop skills, knowledge and understanding that is transferrable for use in future projects and activities.
3. Engaging: Projects should be engaging, inspiring students taking an active role in completing the project. 4. Meaningful: Projects develop and create meaningful products and outcomes which have an impact on and contribute to the wider community.
Students are expected to develop their 21st Century Skills and skills relating to project management, time management, resource management and financial management while undertaking their projects.
Students use the Design Thinking process to define and progress their projects. It also allows students to understand the experiences and needs of users to aid in generating innovative solutions in the form of products.