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Fisher Island Day School Takes STEAM Education & Global Citizenship to the Next Level

“How do you get your water?”

That was the opening question in a video message from a young student at the Innovative Minds School in India. Masha, a U.S. student at Fisher Island Day School (FIDS) in Miami Beach, Florida, walked over the class sink and turned on the faucet. “This is how I get my water,” she said.

Then the student in India responded that many people in her community don’t have that option. In fact, she explained, getting water was quite difficult.

“It was an eye-opener for Masha,” said Lynn deAraujo a second grade teacher at FIDS.
This cross-cultural exchange was facilitated by Level Up Village (LUV), which began working with FIDS in the 2013-14 school year as part of the school’s push to increase STEAM programming.

21st Century Skills

Pioneers Builds 21st Century Skills & Updates Science Offerings by Running LUV Courses During the School Day

Nashat, a student at Pioneers Baccalaureate School (PBS) in Nablus, West Bank, recently described LUV’s Global Doctors course as “one of the best things I have done in my life.”

In the course, students learned about human body systems by dissecting a variety of specimens, including a frog, a grasshopper, and a sheep’s heart and brain – and shared their findings via video message with partner students in the U.S.

Why STEAM matters for girls & how to get them involved

Why STEAM Matters for Girls & How to Get Them Involved

By Neesha Rahim, Co-Founder, Level Up Village

In her keynote address to the National Coalition of Girls Schools Conference (NCGS) this week in Richmond, Virginia, Reshma Suajani, founder of Girls Who Code, expressed her frustration at walking into robotics classes and seeing scores of boys and maybe one or two girls.

I get it. I have found myself frustrated by exactly the same thing, and that is one of the reasons why we work so hard to bring girls to the table through our global STEAM courses that give students the opportunity to collaborate globally on real-life issues.

21st Century Skills

What 21st Century Skills Do Your Students Need?

By Amy McCooe, Co-Founder Level Up Village

What exactly are the 21st century skills children need to develop in order to become informed global citizens? This is a key question posed by parents and school leaders, especially in today’s world of shifting academic expectations, new educational standards and evolving technologies.

Maker Space

Library 2.0 – Every Library a Maker Space

Westport Library’s award-winning MakerSpace will soon play gracious host to Level Up Village’s “Global Inventors” 3D printing class. The course takes place the week of July 27th and will be the first LUV course to run at a library. Libraries that sign up to run Global Inventors will each receive a complimentary Cube® 3D printer.

3D Printing to Your School

Get on the Cutting Edge – Bring 3D Printing to Your School

Schools that sign up for LUV’s Global Inventors after-school course receive a complimentary 3D printer – a great way to start building a new Maker Space. In the course, K-9 students learn to harness the power of 3D printing to develop prototype inventions in a real, global context.