The first Apple II appeared with innovative icons, and
a groundbreaking ease of use. Then Windows took over.
Information technology became more accessible. You press
a button and voilà! The market for applications for the
computer, tablet, and telephone is so enormous that it is no
longer necessary to understand how they work.
This is why the introduction of computer programming
in the school’s curriculum has become a necessity. To give
a critical faculty to our students, to put them in contact
with the tools that some of them will need in the coming
years, and to allow them to develop a certain amount of
This instruction is definitely essential for our scientific
students. The image of the researcher, alone in an office
with a pen and a blank page of paper, has undergone a
revolution. The computer is the new traveling companion
of everyone involved in science. But learning information
technology should go beyond that, and be accessible to all,
since it can be a profound creative stimulus.
It is this creativity that we would like to offer to the students who participate in the science club.
The quality of the scientific programs in the French and
the IB sections has been clearly proven. Moreover, these
two options already allow the students to realize personal
projects in the framework of TPE and Extended Essays.
But since it is becoming more and more difficult to attract students to the sciences in America and in Europe, we
believe that it is important to allow those who are interested in science the opportunity to develop their enthusiasm,
their curiosity, and their talent within an extracurricular
framework, far from any academic pressure. It’s all about
removing science from the strict boundaries of a curriculum, and having the freedom to experiment, fail, try, and
The creation of this afterschool club was a challenge
given the already numerous activities in which our students participate. Even the motivations of the club members are varied: some are participating in scientific competitions; others come simply to learn and explore; and a
regular group of students (Middle school, French section,
International section) have been coming every Monday
since September, at times staying late into the evening, to
develop their projects.
This year is only the beginning, but the creative power
of computer technology, the sciences, and robotics will
eventually and naturally align itself with the arts. From
STEM to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art
Removing science from the strict boundaries of a curriculum.