Posts Tagged ‘STEM’

ES Math Club adds fun to grades 3-5

Written by Beatrice Zimmermann. Posted in After school Activities

This year the BFIS After-School Program reintroduced the Elementary Math Club to Grades 3-5. The activity is run by Ms. Claudia who writes that “we are pushing our brains to look at math in many different ways. We learn about fractions through making our own pizzas, or learn about probability by gambling (with imaginary points). We even practice our addition and subtraction skills by playing our own version of the game Life! It´s always fun and games and lots of learning in the Elementary Math Club.”



PD Recap – Dr. Monica Neagoy

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Kili Lay

Dr. Monica Neagoy returned to campus February 27 and worked with students, teachers, administrators and parents through Saturday, March 17. She stepped into two classrooms to help solve two immediate needs and worked with a group of 11th grade IB students and a group of grade 10 students. Everyone involved recognized the value that Dr. Monica added to those classrooms and we are grateful for the timing of her visit. There were other students with whom she worked, ranging from intermittently to regularly, from grades 4th through 12th.

When not with students, Monica met with groups of teachers, individual teachers, parents and observed classrooms. From an instructional perspective, she is helping us develop and strengthen our “pedagogical content knowledge” – that is, how to teach mathematics. This is different than knowing mathematics or even understanding mathematics, which are certainly also important.

Playing Host

Written by Lila Jorge. Posted in Administration, Elementary School, ES Principal

For the first time in our school history, BFIS hosted the annual training session for educators participating in the upcoming NESA Virtual Science Fair. Approximately 30 teachers gathered on campus this week for the training, including our very own 5th grade team alongside elementary to university level teachers from countries including Israel, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Jordan, India, Pakistan and Senegal.

NESA Virtual Science Fair

NESA Virtual Science Fair

The 5th grade students at BFIS will have the opportunity to participate in the Virtual Science Fair for the third consecutive year. Based on what we have witnessed in previous years, it is fair to say that this opportunity is quickly becoming the capstone learning experience within the elementary science curriculum. Similar to traditional science fairs, children have the opportunity to apply and explore scientific concepts through staging experiments, recording observations, comparing results with hypotheses and drawing conclusions. However, what makes this experience unique is that students are paired with high school or university students outside of Barcelona who act as “e-mentors” and provide feedback to throughout the process. These exchanges allow our children to extend their scientific support network beyond the BFIS community and also gives them the chance to use web-based, collaborative platforms identical to what many universities use for online coursework and idea sharing.

In light of the societal changes taking place within the global community, the argument could easily be made that current generation will encounter a world the likes of which we have never before seen. Given the circumstances, it is increasingly evident that we must provide children with opportunities to think critically, discover multiple pathways to possible solutions, exercise creativity, take risks, make connections across disciplines and apply knowledge in new and unforeseen contexts. Knowing that children are often far less inhibited in their thinking than adults, we want to promote their “what if” way of seeing the world through authentic learning experiences such as the Virtual Science Fair to help prepare students for the kinds of complex challenges they will face in the future.