Mr. Aidan Hammond
Head of Design, Branksome Hall Asia, Korea

Mr. Aidan Hammond is Head of Design Technology at Branksome Hall Asia, an International School for Girls, in Jeju, South Korea. Aidan is interested in developing design thinking curricula that develop spatial visualization skills, build confidence and creativity as makers, and grow problem-solving skills. He has been a teacher at universities and international schools in Canada and Korea.


Innovation at large-scale: Curriculum Innovation with MYP Interdisciplinary Units (IDUs)

This session will inspire teachers and administrators to develop inspired learning experiences for girls related to design, technology, and science. We will share examples of MYP Interdisciplinary Units (IDU) that link design, technology, science, and service. We introduce how these experiences, structured around the MYP design cycle and focused on empowerment, global citizenship, and academic rigor, have energized and excited our girls at Branksome Hall Asia to research design solutions for issues of significance.  From creating and coding micro-greenhouses, developing oil spill recovery robots, to using biomimicry to address global climate change, we hope our examples will inspire. We will share strategies, approaches, and considerations that we have identified as key to successful interdisciplinary units.

During this workshop participants will:

* Increased knowledge and understanding of the framework necessary to create sustainable IDUs within the IB MYP curriculum
* Learn about tools and strategies that can help support the implementation of IDUs at a large-scale
* Identify methods to strengthen IDU units in the IB MYP curriculum

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