September 2017 saw the launch of a pioneering initiative in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) at Dulwich College International (DCI) schools.
We are proud to introduce our SE21 hubs, a name with multiple meanings. Dulwich College sits in Southeast London, in the SE21 postcode, while here at DCI, the "S" in SE21 stands for STEAM, the "E" for entrepreneurship, and "21" for the 21st century skills of creativity, critical thinking and collaboration.
The first wave of SE21 hubs in three DCI schools will provide locations for pitching ideas, phase one robotics, coding, CAD/CAM, graphic design, film, digital, and virtual reality.
SE21 will create links between seemingly unrelated subjects. Students will be engaged in entrepreneurship and real world problem solving, pulling in elements of engineering, film-making and project-based learning.
Collaboration is at the heart of the SE21 hubs, and it takes place at all levels and ages - within schools, within the DCI network, and of course externally, through link-ups to other schools, universities and Silicon Valley experts in law, finance, marketing and technology. As an example of an in-school community project in Dulwich College Beijing, DUCKS students have designed teddy bears, Junior School students produced them using 3D printers and sewing machines, and Senior School students marketed them through links with local businesses, making money for donation to migrant schools.
The first school in the group to embrace SE21, Dulwich College Beijing has replaced GCSE Design Technology with four global competitions: Google Science Fair, Formula 1 in Schools, Botball and Kickstarter. The same DCB team who gained a global award for British International School of the Year 2017 for Teaching Initiative will now be devoting themselves to STEAM and Entrepreneurship.
All DCI schools are creating space beyond their curriculum for SE21 and STEAM to excite the minds of young learners.