Level Up Village has been busy developng several NEW and exciting courses available starting in January including Global Water Crisis and Global Game Strategists. As with all all Level Up Village programs, students tackle real-world issues, apply design thinking and collaborate virtually with Global Partner students via our easy-to-use, mobile-fiendly platform. Not only that, we make it easy for schools to implement by providing the curriculum, the teacher training and the global partners.
Global Water Crisis (Grades 3-5)
Nearly one billion people on our planet lack access to clean water, and even more our running out. Have you ever thought about where water comes from or how much water is available for humans on Earth? In this course, students will reflect on their own water use and how they can be a part of the solution to the global water crisis. They will even learn how to create 3D designs to help solve this global problem!
Global Game Strategists (Grades 3-5).
Together with their global partners, students embark on an educational, dice-based adventure game about protecting the planet’s trees. With action and adventure similar to Pokemon Go! or Dungeons & Dragons, they will engage in innovative gameplay that strengthens math skills, develops new problem solving skills and encourages teamwork.
Global Video Game Designers (Grades 6-8)
In response to demand, we’ve added a new level of Global Video Game Designers. Designed for middle school students, this course teaches students to code video games, create animations and remix what others have done. They use the engineering design process as they collaborate with a global partner student and their classmates to solve a design challenge. Students use a programming language called “Scratch” to learn a variety of coding and programming skills, culminating in a co-designed video game: a global theme park game that incorporates elements of each culture.
Global Doctors: DNA (Grades 6-8)
Global Doctors DNA is now available at the middle school level, as well. Students in this course explore whether the environment or DNA determines who we are as individuals and how we live our lives. They work together with Global Partners to learn about genetics and epigenetics while discovering how environmental and social conditions around the world can influence those things for better or worse. Activities include making Punnett squares, building molecular models and delving into case studies of genetic traits and mutations.
We’ve also added intermediate and advanced levels to Global Language Lab. This course provides an innovative way to further the development of foreign language skills by connecting U.S. students with native speakers in a global partner classroom. Students participate in a guided video letter exchange to practice their foreign language skills by engaging in meaningful conversation with their global partners. More information on the content of the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels can be found here.
In addition to these great new courses, we also have many more exciting options available right now such as Global Web Designers, Global Explorers and Global Inventors (3D printing). To schedule a call or to receive more information, please fill out our contact form.
A social enterprise based in Old Greenwich, Conn., Level Up Village (LUV) delivers pioneering Global STEAM (STEM + Arts) enrichment courses that promote design thinking and one-to-one collaboration on real-world problems between K-9 students in the U.S. and partner students in developing countries. Launched in 2012, LUV runs courses during school, after-school and in the summer at more than 150 U.S. schools, with 30+ Global Partner organizations in more than 20 countries. For more information, visit us at levelupvillage.com or find us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter @LevelUpVillage.