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Turning the seemingly impossible into the possible


A completely new concept in school workshops, the ‘Brain Blaster’ programme, recently helped ACS Hillingdon International School students progress key skills for overcoming challenges.

The students, aged 11 to 13, worked together in teams to tackle real life challenges and situations designed to encourage resilience and independent thinking. The challenges included solving the longest equation ever; an audio blast which required the students to utilise strategies for recalling sounds; and blindfolded fishing, where students had to effectively communicate with a blindfolded team member, directing them to collect four different fish, each one in a unique colour.

Katie Jasman, ACS Hillingdon mathematics teacher, commented:

“The Brain Blaster workshop was a brilliant experience for our students. We’re always looking for ways to help students with their study skills, and I was pleased to see the students working so well in teams, developing their problem-solving skills, and solving all the challenges that they faced during the workshop.

“By conquering challenges which initially seem too difficult, students raise their own expectations of what they can achieve.”

The workshop was delivered by The Happy Puzzle Company, which bases its theories on Art L Costa’s ‘Habits of Mind’, which equips students with the life skills to overcome challenges, such as thinking flexibly.
Published: June 28 2017

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