CIS MIT STEAM CAMP
CIS is pleased to be collaborating with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to run a groundbreaking “CIS MIT STEAM Camp”, starting from Summer 2017. The goal is to empower students to solve real-world challenges in areas of need, such as energy, education or health.
Held on the CIS campus, the 2-week half-day camp will be open to both CIS and non-CIS students aged 8-10 and 11-13. A related professional development course for both CIS and non-CIS teachers will run simultaneously to the camp. Both the camp and teacher course will be delivered in English.
The dates for Summer 2017 are Monday, July 31 to Friday, August 11.
Curriculum & Approach
Students will be taught in “the MIT way”, with hands-on, immersive learning by doing. They will have the opportunity to advance their knowledge in the STEAM areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics and then use this knowledge to develop solutions to real problems associated with the chosen theme of the summer camp, which in 2017 will be “Energy”. Both CIS and non-CIS students will work together to design and build innovative projects that they can share with their communities and families in Hong Kong. During the camp, they will engage in hands-on activities around the theme of “Energy”. By exploring this central theme, students will learn key principles in subject areas such as physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering and programming. They will also explore the use of digital technologies and tools that promote creativity, invention and collaboration (e.g., Scratch, App Inventor, etc.).
Faculty & Facilities
MIT faculty, staff and students will lead the programme and use MIT resources and materials. They will deliver lectures and run workshops and activities, while also working alongside teachers from CIS and other schools who will assist in delivering the programme. All instruction will take place on the CIS campus in Hong Kong, with classes taught in state-of-the-art science and technology labs that were newly completed on the CIS campus in 2016.
Professional Education for Teachers
This programme is also planned as a professional education opportunity for CIS and non-CIS teachers, who will work alongside MIT staff to facilitate camp activities. The MIT team will run teacher education workshops during the days before and after the camp, as well as during the afternoons while the half-day student camp is in session. The goal is to allow Hong Kong-based teachers to learn from MIT faculty, while they also provide their expertise about local learning conditions and areas of interest.
About CIS & Connected Learning
Since its founding in 1983 as Hong Kong’s first school teaching an international curriculum in English and Mandarin, CIS has continually sought to lead and innovate in its approach to education. The CIS MIT STEAM Camp is an outgrowth of CIS’s “Connected Learning” programme, which launched in 2015 to give CIS students the opportunity outside of the classroom to pursue and extend their interests in various areas of the sciences, technology, media, the arts, service and entrepreneurship. Activities have included a Beijing Tech Camp (Summer 2015), Startup Weekend (June 2015), Dinner-with-Scientists series (ongoing) and weekly Connected Learning Incubator meetings (ongoing). For more information, please visit: www.cis.edu.hk/community/connected-learning.
Costs of the program
Students: 12,000 HKD
Teachers: 10,000 HKD
Application deadline: March 1, 2017
Applications must be submitted no later than March 1, 2017. Participants will be informed of their application status via email starting March 20, 2017. Further phases in the application process may include an interview.
Teacher PD Dates:
July 29-August 11:
July 29-30 (Fri-Sat)
Aug 1- 4 (Mon-Fri)
Aug 7-11 (Mon-Fri)
All days are 9am to 4pm
July 31- Aug 11 (Mon-Fri)
All days are 9am to 1pm
SUPPORT & SPONSORSHIP
CIS is grateful to Mr. Vic Lee, whose vision and generous sponsorship is enabling the launch of this programme, along with support for financial aid.
STUDENTS & FINANCIAL AID
CIS MIT STEAM CAMP is open to both CIS and non-CIS students. Financial aid is available for students and teachers accepted into the programme and who demonstrate financial need.
Contact for programme inquiries:
Ms. Kelly Grogan, steamcamp（+@cis.edu.hk)
Contact for media inquiries:
Ms. Catherine Han, chan (+@cis.edu.hk)