ICS London Competes in Global Academic Olympics

ICS London competed with more than 20 schools in Europe for two days in November on a series of academic challenges around the theme of sustainable cities and communities.

The schools, from Andorra, England, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain, belong to Globeducate, one of the world´s leading K12 education groups with more than 55 premium bilingual and international schools, and online programmes, in nine countries. The Globeducate Academic Olympics is one of six global events to take place each year, this one hosted by ICS Milan in Italy, and held online.

The ICS London team joined other teams of Year 10 students, aged 13 and 14, for an opening ceremony on November 24th, and then set about competing in problem-solving challenges centred around making cities and human settlements more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Issues such as cost and carbon footprints were considered, and teams were challenged to communicate their understanding of sustainability and to showcase the work they completed on a website created by the team, with tight time constraints.

“ICS London students worked together to attempt each task and approached each mission with enthusiasm, supporting each other and listening to each other's ideas. As a result, they grew in confidence, used their knowledge and skills, and they developed their friendships with their teammates. They also gained a great deal from interacting with other Globeducate students across Europe. Thank you to ICS Milan for planning and hosting such a fantastic, innovative event. Our student will remember this event for a long time to come – usually we are able to travel to such events but at the present time, for safety, the event was hosted virtually.”

Education Director of Globeducate Oanh Crouch said: “More than 100 students across 22 schools participated in this opportunity of collaboration and creative problem-solving. Designing solutions to the real and relevant issues we are facing right now – to be able to create, develop and live in sustainable cities. How remarkable to think that the ideas that have been formulated today will have
a direct impact on possible solutions for our tomorrow as our students become the change-makers we know they will be.”