Level Up Village actively seeks out innovative global partner organizations to team up with, in order to provide cutting-edge STEM to underserved populations of students. This January, we launched a partnership with WAAW, which stands for Working to Advance STEM education for African Women – a non-profit organization focused on increasing the pipeline of African women entering Science and Technology fields.
Level Up Village recently partnered with Feminist Approach to Technology in India, an innovative organization working to challenge societal stereotypes and empower girls in marginalized communities through the acquisition of technology skills. A group of girls, whose parents are migrant workers, are now collaborating with partner students at All Saints Academy in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in LUV’s Global Web Designers course.
It’s a truly exciting time to be a teacher, especially now that educators are increasingly focused on implementing cross-curricular, project-based learning (PBL) in their classrooms.
Cross-curricular learning taps into the four C’s: creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking – the skills widely considered essential for the 21st Century learner. Moreover, the newly revised standards (CCSS, NGSS and ISTE) all require students to develop these higher level skills. Here are some benefits to implementing projects that transcend disciplines in your classroom:
Last week in the Middle School, Chapin’s Class 4 science minds explored the water issues facing our world and prepared to work towards creative solutions to solve them. With the guidance of Spanish teacher Ana Agón, the Class 4 students were paired with students in Argentina, Honduras or Nicaragua to learn about the water issues facing these countries before designing their own water-cleaning tools. These unique pairings were the result of the ongoing Science and Spanish STEAM (STEM + Arts) program that is coordinated by Level Up Village and facilitates collaboration between students from around the world.
Are you interested in bringing Level Up Village courses to your school but need funding in order to do so? Here’s how one teacher in Windsor, Connecticut, was able to provide Global Inventors to her students during the school day – without any cost to parents or the school.
In case you were wondering just why STEM education is so important, here are some numbers to consider: last year, there were more than half a million high-paying tech jobs across the United States that were unfilled. By 2018, the U.S. government expects there will be 2.4 million unfilled STEM jobs. Accordingly, 21st Century educators face an extraordinary challenge. Not only do they need to find new and better ways to spark students’ interest in STEM, but they must also ensure that girls are buying in, as well.
By Jane C. & Vivian M., 7th graders at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School
In my Level Up Village Global Web Designers course, I have learned to code different things, for example, a website and a robot. I have also learned how to create a website or blog on Weebly. The advice I have for kids who do not think they can code is to give it a try! Listen to directions or ask somebody who has already made their own website if you have any questions. It is easier than you think!
With so many new ideas and technologies to choose from, what are the big ideas educators should focus on for the 2016-17 school year? Here are my top five take-aways from ISTE 2016 both as an attendee and presenter:
By Mary Breadon, Communications Coordinator at The Chapin School
This term, Middle School teachers and administrators researched and implemented ways in which to bring the study of language into the Class 4 science curriculum. Jack Cooley, Head of the Middle School Science Department, spearheaded this effort by reaching out to Level Up Village, a social enterprise that creates globally minded STEAM courses and guides interactions between schools in the U.S. and other countries. The goal was to create lasting partnerships with other countries
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.