My class have been given a great opportunity to participate in the re-launched Mission V project. Mission V was previously run during the 2011-2012 school year. Mission V provides the opportunity for primary pupils to learn through a game based environment. The pupils will be empowered to learn programming skills in a highly creative environment. Instead of pupils being users of ICT (using social media, playing games, etc.) they will be original digital creators of their own 3D world.
Mission V has potential right across the curriculum and fosters good team work and collaborative skills. My school participated in the project in 2011-2012 and the sixth class pupils created models of the water cycle, the food pyramid and the the digestive system. The learning is driven by the ideas of the pupils and therefore, they work on their own initiative and are immersed in their learning. The teacher of those pupils spoke highly of the project and was especially delighted that Mission V allowed pupils who were not strong academically to shine and excel. He felt that this really boosted their self-esteem. Check out the videos of the projects and pupils ideas from 2011-2012 on the Mission V homepage.
The Mission V mission statement states that they hope to improve educational standards by facilitating a greater level of engagement with the curriculum, particularly with regards to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths). I hope participating in this project will allow the pupils to reach their full potential by bringing the arts into their 3D world as well and add an A to STEM to become STEAM. Just as Elmo did in Sesame Street!