Guest blog post by Chuck Ristano, The Independence School
In the fall, seven second graders received a truly interactive, global experience – without having to leave the comfort of our campus! Under the tutelage of Bernadette Gilmore, Director of Academics and Curriculum, these students participated in the after-school STEM program entitled “Global Storybook Engineers.”
Guest blog post by Jessica Fiddes, Delbarton School
On January 14, Delbarton launched a new foreign language exchange pilot program that connects Arabic II language students with peers at Pioneers Baccalaureate School in Nablus, West Bank.
The new virtual exchange program with Pioneers is guided by Director of Global Programs Dan Pieraccini and teacher of Arabic Zack Tabor, and organized by Level Up Village which, earlier this year, helped teacher Caroline Chamberlain’s 8th Grade Science students build 3-D projects with students in Uganda.
Across the U.S., schools are incorporating 3D printing into the curriculum, but some are taking it a step further by adding global collaboration to the mix. At PS 163 in New York City this fall, students in 3rd-5th grade were paired one-on-one with students in Yancheng, China to learn CAD and 3D printing as part of Global Inventors – a STEAM (STEM + arts) course offered by Level Up Village (LUV).
Students in Greenwich, Connecticut, recently participated in a literature and cultural exchange with peers in Pakistan that opened minds and challenged assumptions for students on both ends of the partnership. The exchange was a new pilot program developed by Level Up Village (LUV), building on the success of its collaborative, global STEAM programs.
Global problem solving.
These topics seemed to be on everyone’s mind at the the 63rd Annual National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) Convention in Orlando. We were thrilled to be able to say that yes, our courses meet all of those needs! Indeed, the Level Up Village team returned from the conference bursting with excitement, ready to inspire even more gifted students to find solutions to real-world problems and engage in meaningful virtual exchange with peers from across the globe.