STEAM & Innovation

STEAM education is a growing force in today’s world, both in the classroom and industry. STEAM is an interdisciplinary and project-based approach to teaching science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.  

The vision behind these initiatives is for students to acquire critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills, essential for their future.We have integrated digital technology into our classrooms since 2016, including interactive whiteboards, projectors and iPads.

In 2019, our school gained recognition from Apple as an Apple Distinguished School (ADS) for continuous innovation in learning and teaching.

As one of around 535 schools worldwide recognised as an ADS school, technology plays an integral part in learning for children at ICS Côte d’Azur.

We also work with LEGO® Education, and we are beginning to integrate robotics and coding into the curriculum. These hands-on projects build confidence through play and the development of holistic skills.

Students develop design-process and critical thinking in a collaborative environment, preparing them for tomorrow’s world.

In April 2021 we opened ‘The Hub’, a brand new STEAM education centre located at the heart of the school. The Hub houses our LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime and WeDo 2.0 Robotic kits, a 3D printer, iPads, science equipment, art materials, and a green screen so that children can get really creative with their presentations. Hands-on projects in The Hub build confidence through play and the development of holistic skills, which in turn motivate students to apply learning in new contexts.

In the near future, we look forward to welcoming ICS Côte d’Azur families to The Hub so that they can participate in projects with their children.

This is an exciting development for the school, putting us at the forefront of innovative learning for Primary school children in the region.

A PYP student conducting a science experiment
Two students look at LEGO pieces to make a robot
Four students crouch on the ground making LEGO robots
Teacher gives students instructions for a science experiment
Groups of students around tables work on iPads and with LEGO
Wide angle shot of teacher with students doing science expirements
The Hub room empty
Two students celebrate making a LEGO robot

Our learning community benefits from:

  • A one-to-one iPad ratio for students from PY 3 to PY 6 and class sets for the younger students.
  • Continuous training for teachers to develop technology-focused learning.
  • Interactive whiteboard technology.

Through the everyday use of technology, students become competent with digital literacy and online learning skills.