The 3D printing classroom is a special place where students are inspired to design, innovate, or even share ideas with partners across the globe. At Maret School in Washington, D.C., students recently connected with peers in China as part of LUV’s Global Inventors led by teacher Jah Jah Bey. He shared with us these tips on sparking student creativity and getting the most out of the experience:
We are delighted to share that our partner Masoom Education has launched Tech Wheels, a mobile computer lab that will expand the reach of Level Up Village’s pioneering global STEAM (STEM + arts) programs to night school students across Mumbai. Tech Wheels is equipped with 21 computers and mobile internet access and will enable Masoom to serve hundreds of students per year who otherwise would receive no computer and technology training.
One of the most important truths Atticus passed on to readers everywhere was the idea that we can’t hide anything in the world from our children—neither good nor bad. Instead, of trying to cover their eyes, we should prepare them for reality and encourage empathy for others by facilitating their exposure to new perspectives.
My classroom was alive with activity and a palpable sense of purpose as I maneuvered around the scattered knots of students, 10 in all, to get a closer look at their design journal entries. Group discussions, the random clatter of keyboard taps and mouse clicks, and the mechanical beeping and whirring of the 3D printer created a surprising harmony as my seventh-graders put the finishing touches on their latest creation — a prototype of a portable electric lamp.
Level Up Village was proud to participate in the National Coalition of Girls Schools’ 2016 Global Forum in New York City from February 7-9. LUV Co-Founder Neesha Rahim spoke on a panel about the terrific global 3D printing collaboration that took place between St. Joseph’s and Ekalayva School in Bangalore in the fall of 2015 as part of LUV’s Global Inventors course.
A little more than a decade ago, Thomas Friedman introduced us all to the idea that The World is Flat. The rise of the Internet in all corners of the world has brought everyone closer together than ever before and created incredible opportunities for cross-cultural collaboration. However, this same hyper-connectivity comes with an ugly underbelly.
Kids these days are eager to make a difference in the world. Educators can tap into this marvelous impulse by providing real-world learning opportunities in the science classroom. This fall, The Episcopal School of Dallas (ESD) offered Global Scientists to fifth grade students in order to introduce students to water chemistry and the global water crisis. To make it even more interesting, students were connected virtually with partners in Uganda. Here are four strategies ESD used to create an impactful, real-world learning experience with Global Scientists:
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).