Mission Inspire fuels World Space Week celebrations across Cognita schools
Schools from across the Cognita family embraced World Space Week 2018 (4 – 10 October) by collaborating together on project Mission Inspire.
Led by the STEMinn team at Stamford American – Hong Kong, some 15 schools from across Europe, Asia and Latin America got involved by running activities and outreach events to excite and educate their students about Space and Space Exploration. These included mobile planetariums, virtual reality experiences, rocket launches, otherworldly creations using arts and crafts as well as a 3-D printer, global Flipgrid discussions and guest speakers.
Linda Cheung, Elementary STEMinn Coordinator at Stamford HK, says: “I was inspired to start Stamford HK’s first school-wide and Cognita-involved initiative after receiving requests to join initiatives at other Cognita schools – St. Andrews Dusit (Light Up Learning) and Meoncross (Global Beach Clean). It was easy to decide to delve into Space as a theme because it’s long been a topic that has excited people all around the world and in many cases, united them in missions to make discoveries beyond the known.
Our students from Pre-Primary to Grade 8 took part in a variety of activities leading up to Space Week. Some of these activities included space themed presentations in mobile observatory by visiting instructors, growing and observing plants in a stimulated microgravity environment, STEM based projects such as the human-powered rovers challenge, plus transdisciplinary space themed lessons in art, drama, music and Mandarin. At the end of the week, we invited parents in for a showcase of work and treated them to explorations of the universe through the mobile observatory which was thoroughly enjoyed by all!
The response and reaction to Mission Inspire have exemplified excitement and commitment from students, teachers, parents and the Cognita community for collaboration and genuine engagement in authentic teaching opportunities. I’m looking forward to developing and supporting more initiatives to come or continue within our family of schools!”