The world is witnessing hotter days and heatwaves with each passing year. We will see more changes in weather and climate extremes by end of the 21st century if we don’t act now. This begins with educating children at an early age to fight the crisis.
Grade 6 to 8 attending MIT Challenges online
As part of Nord Anglia Education, the world’s leading premium school organization, students at Oakridge International School Bachupally get the opportunity to work with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to find solutions to such problems.
Nord Anglia Education with MIT brings in new age challenges for its students all over the globe every year. Overall, 620 students participated in all STEAM-based activities, of different genres. A total of 270 students participate in the MIT challenges on extreme weather as this academic year focuses on Earth.
“Global Campus MIT gave me a lot of opportunities to learn, develop skills, and be innovative and creative in science and technology. I’m always excited to log onto the global campus and learn something new every day, like learning about weather from the videos of Dr. Kerry Emanuel, Dr. Caroline Ummenhofer, and Dr. Kristin Bergmann, the climate scientists in the extreme weather challenges gave us many interesting insights”, says Jiya, a grade 6 student from Oakridge Bachupally.
In MIT’s Extreme Weather Challenge, students go through an incredible chance to become weather detectives and investigate the movement of water through the water cycle with climate scientist Dr. Caroline Ummenhofer. The learning from this challenge includes cyclones, seas, oceans, and weather events that leave clues and evidence as fossils and are mentioned in geologic records. Students discovered more about tropical cyclones and their disastrous consequences on the affected areas, which makes forecasting and communication incredibly important.
Left Dr. Caroline Ummenhofer, Center Dr. Kerry Emanuel, Right Dr. Kristin Bergmann
Climate scientist Dr. Kerry Emanuel suggested a few tasks on Global Campus allow students to explore and find ideas for communicating to the people, who are living in the affected areas. Dr. Kristen Bergmann’s studies on sedimentary rocks and fossils helped students to understand and interpret environmental changes and major weather events of the past and present.
“Being a mentor for students who are a part of MIT, I feel privileged as I guide them to creatively solve problems and hone their critical thinking skills. In coordination with Ms. Aparna (MIT Teacher Coordinator), a few showcases, where students came up with innovative solutions for complex problems by exploring the world of science and engineering. Fostering a lifelong love for STEAM in every student is our aim and will continue the same spirit in ensuing times,” says Ms. Prashanti, Head of IGCSE, Oakridge Bachupally.
About Oakridge International School, Bachupally
Oakridge International School, Bachupally is a part of Nord Anglia Education, the world’s leading premium school organization. Oakridge students are connected to a community of 76 international schools spread across 31 countries, with access to rich resources, support, and global opportunities that enhance the schools’ already excellent teaching and learning experience. Oakridge Bachupallyâ¯School was recently ranked in the Top 3 International Schools in Hyderabad and No.1 in Northwest Zone in Times School Rankings 2021. The school also ranked among the Top 3 International Day Schools in Hyderabad and Telangana by Education World India School Rankings 21-22. To know more about the different programs, reach out to www.oakridge.in/bachupally.
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