Science holds the key to our future. At Nanjing International School, science is enhancing the critical thinking our students need in all subjects. Our talented team of teaching professionals deliver empowering interdisciplinary learning experiences that develop innovation and a love of science every day. While related concepts are introduced as early as Pre-K, nowhere is this passion more evident than in our Middle and Upper Schools.
MYP Science and IB Diploma Biology Teacher Mr. Martyn Newman explains that fostering an inquiring mind and student agency is central to our IB Middle Years Programme’s (MYP) Science curriculum. “The culmination of this experience is the impressive Science Fair in Grade 9, where students apply all of the science inquiry skills that they've learned over the last four years of Middle School to a scientific investigation that's entirely of their own choice.”
NIS also offers the innovative Design Science program, which combines the concepts
of design and scientific thinking. “These two different approaches are used together to solve problems and create novel solutions,” said Mr. Newman. “It's quite interdisciplinary.” MYP students combine the design cycle and scientific method to challenge themselves and foster a passion for specific scientific disciplines – this informs their choice for IB Diploma subjects for in Upper School. All MYP students are exposed to different disciplines.
“Each year in Middle School, students take part in a broad range of fields: Biology, Chemistry and Physics,” Mr. Newman explained. “But starting in Grade 10 and moving into the IB Diploma programme, our emerging scientists are given an opportunity to narrow their focus and select just the one or two science disciplines that appeal them to the most and that they want to study at a much deeper level.”
A focus on science continues in Upper School as students begin studying their preferred scientific disciplines in Grade 10. “The IB assessment criteria are used to assess students’ ability to apply scientific knowledge in familiar and unfamiliar situations to design novel and creative opportunities, and seek scientific knowledge through experimentation,” said Mr. Newman. “Students collect and analyze data and use it to reach balanced and critically considered conclusions, reflecting broadly about the impacts of scientific endeavors on humanity and the planet.”
The innovative NIS approach to learning has sparked an interest in science or STEM among our students, with many alumni having pursued undergraduate studies in these fields. 42% of students in our Class of 2021 intend to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, a testament to the passion for learning and the future-focused skillset they have developed during their time at our school.