At Shanghai American School, our students delve into the world of robotics while they’re still in elementary school. Their learning is supported by a well-equipped lab, knowledgeable faculty, and occasionally, elephants.
Perhaps we should explain.
Recently, the three classes of grade 4 students on our Pudong campus found themselves in our DREAMS Lab familiarizing themselves with some of the platforms they work with. Platforms likeWeDos, Little Bits,MicroBits… you know, the usual. But as the students began development, their problem-solving wasn’t simply informed by the technology that surrounded them. It was informed by what they’ve been learning by studying plant and animal structures and biomimicry.
Students quickly made the connection that how a robot reacts to situations has a lot in common with, say, how a shark senses danger, how a jellyfish creates bioluminescence, and how an elephant comes to understand its surroundings through its trunk.
The lesson was born from a collaboration between our tech coach and STEM coach, which helped make these interdisciplinary connections so engaging, students will remember it even if they don’t have the memory of, you know, an elephant.
CONNECTIONS. EVERY DAY AT SAS.
Founded in 1912, Shanghai American School (SAS) is the largest and most established international school in China. In short, it's the kind of school you wish you would've attended when you were a kid. 创建于1912年，上海美国学校是中国最大的也是历史最悠久的国际学校。简而言之，如果你能回到小的时候，这会是一所你想要去的学校。
Founded in 1912, Shanghai American School (SAS) is the largest and most established international school in China. In short, it's the kind of school you wish you would've attended when you were a kid.