From the moment Jody Swanigan, Principal of East Cooper Montessori Charter School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, heard about Level Up Village (LUV), she was determined to bring LUV programs to her school.
“What first drew me in was the emphasis on STEM,” said Jody. But after checking out the global STEAM courses offered by Level Up Village and watching some videos on the website, she saw the connection between LUV’s “Take a Class, Give a Class” model and Montessori education.
The team at Level Up Village is delighted to recognize Karen Orozco at NicaPhoto in Nicaragua as Global Partner Teacher of the Year for 2017. Karen has taught seven different Level Up Village courses including LUV’s newest courses: Global Water Crisis and Global Game Strategists. Her favorite course to teach so far is Global Doctors Anatomy. Karen’s students live in the Sonrisa de Dios neighborhood of Nagarote in homes that were only recently wired for electricity. Despite the many challenges the children face in their daily lives, they are receiving cutting-edge technology instruction at NicaPhoto through their Level Up Village courses.
The social impact component of Level Up Village’s global education programs has been a key reason many Catholic schools have joined our growing network of partners. In just the past two years, LUV ran 68 global STEAM courses at nearly 20 Catholic schools across the country.
STEAM week is becoming an increasingly popular concept at schools across the country. Princeton Junior School (PJS) took it a step further last spring by offering an immersive STEAM experience that involved global collaboration.
Integrating 21st century technologies and best practices in K-12 educational programs is a key focus for the Society of International Education (SIE) in Karachi, Pakistan. One way the organization meets that goal is by offering Level Up Village courses as part of its iEARN Pakistan program.
By Teresa Fellows, Director of Teacher Recruitment for Level Up Village
Great teachers help make Level Up Village in-school, after school programs and summer camp programs the very best. It is a great way to get valuable hands-on STEAM (STEM + arts) experience and learn new skills in the areas of coding and game design, CAD and 3D printing, dissections, genetics and more. We are looking to expand our team of LUV Global Educators – LUV classes are currently running in 16+ states – and we need dynamic teachers to join our team as we continue to grow!
Guest post by Taylor Chustz, Exponential Education
If someone had told my 16 year-old self that I would be sitting in the old post office of a village in Antoa, Ghana, with no power, typing a blog post, I think my 16 year-old self would just laugh and say, “Sounds about right!”
Are you hoping to add 3D printer to your school Maker Space? Level Up Village is offering a Polar 3D printer to schools that enroll in two or more courses by May 15, 2016. This offer is valid for schools that sign up for two or more Level Up Village after-school courses and enroll at least ten students in each course.
Students recently asked these questions and many more while participating in LUV’s Global Doctors: Anatomy after school course at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Fairfield, Connecticut. Teacher Nan Van Ryzin explained that children are natural scientists from an early age.