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The STEM program at Stamford American School Hong Kong, known as “STEMinn” (science, technology, engineering, math, and innovation), is delivered under the guidance of 8 full-time expert faculty with an average of 10 years of experience. The unique STEMinn program at Stamford caters to students ages five until graduation, fostering STEM skills that benefit all careers. Combining innovative projects and purposeful curriculum planning, students build critical thinking skills using the design thinking process adopted by globally successful companies such as Apple, Microsoft, and Nike. The combination of passion, experience, and application makes the Stamford STEM curriculum come alive. Let’s meet three of the expert STEM faculty.
“The Creative Designer” Mr. Ayesh De Alwis – Elementary STEMinn Coordinator, B.A., PGCE
Mr. De Alwis began his career as a product designer before stumbling on his passion for education. As the Elementary STEMinn Coordinator, he combines his love for all things STEM with his work experience in the design and technology field to inspire young learners to embrace STEM in their formative elementary years. Under his guidance, students use the design thinking process to solve challenges such as living on Mars, flooding worldwide, products inspired by animal features (biomimicry), and many more. Mr. De Alwis enjoys seeing students experience that passion for STEM and learning. He is often found in Stamford’s 602 square-foot elementary Innovation Centre, which has been purposefully designed and stocked with the latest in coding and robotics such as VEXGO, VEX123, Dash and Bluebot, 3-D printers, laser cutters, and other handheld tools.
What is Mr. De Alwis’s favorite elementary STEMinn project at Stamford?
The creation of a moon rover for a lunar base. Students were challenged to use the design thinking process to ideate and create their rover and program it to accomplish specific tasks around their lunar…