Dulwich College Beijing Now Offers FutureTech at Key Stage 4
Dulwich College Beijing prides itself in its commitment to fostering innovation, creativity and a pioneering spirit, which is why we’re proud to share that we are launching our brand new course: FutureTech.
In a rapidly changing and increasingly technologically driven world, it’s important that our students are equipped with the skills needed for tomorrow and stay competitive on a global scale. With our FutureTech course, we aim to do just that and more.
The product of years of work by Yosef Karasik, Director of Educational Technology and Innovation, and Jared Rigby, EdTech Coach, DCB’s FutureTech course is a new in-house curriculum for Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) that will be offered for the first time in the coming school year (AY 2023-2024). This innovative curriculum aims to develop lifelong learners who can not only adapt to the rapidly changing technological landscape of the 21st century but also incorporate these tools within their own work.
Mr Karasik believes that it is important that our students learn the skills to solve problems that we will have in the future. “FutureTech is Future-Problem solving using AI and Robotics. With this course, our hope is for our students to find the need – an issue our students are passionate about – and create a solution based on that.”
Project-based learning is at the heart of FutureTech. With a focus on data science, AI, and robotics - alongside research and development skills - students will experience different domains of modern and emerging technology before undertaking their own piece of extended research.
Throughout the course, students will have numerous opportunities to work in collaboration with industry mentors to engineer novel solutions to current and future local or global issues. In Year 10, students will engage in a project-based learning approach in the following five curriculum areas:
- Cloud Computing and AI basics
- Natural Language Processing
- Computer Vision
- Autonomous Vehicles
- Robotics and IoT (Internet of Things)
In Year 11, students will select one or more areas of the course to focus on. Working in research groups, students will develop a project which aims to solve a future problem. For this, they will need to collect research and data to support the need for their project. Research groups will then be paired with a mentor who is an industry expert in their research focus. By the end of Year 11, students will present their product to the rest of the school and a panel of industry experts. In addition, students will be able to enter their projects into the Microsoft Imagine Cup and Intel AI Global Impact Festival.
Here at Dulwich College Beijing, we believe that students learn better when they take ownership of their learning through projects that they are passionate about. We believe in the importance of using technology for the global good, and we want our students to have the skills to do that. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected and technology-driven, having a strong foundation in future tech subjects can be a valuable asset for students and schools alike. This programme will help prepare students for the jobs of the future and equip them with the skills they will need to make a positive difference.