Fernanda Oliveira writes about the impact of global STEAM education on children at NicaPhoto in Nicaragua, where she spent several months as a Moving Worlds Experteer. Now she is helping implement LUV programs at schools in Latin America.
By Nicki Brill
It was 105° in the small town of Nagarote, Nicaragua. Sweat dripped down my face as I lugged yet another pile of dirt out of the garden bed. I sensed my advisees were growing more tired with every passing hour, but we all persevered, determined to both build a new classroom and create a garden that would help further the educational programs at NicaPhoto. That’s what we at Builders Beyond Borders (B3) were known for, after all – building a better world for others.
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.
After exchanging video messages throughout their Level Up Village Global Inventors course, students in Roanoke, Virginia, and their partner students in Central America connected live via Skype. And what amazing conversations they had! Here’s the story, as told by educators on both ends.
By Nicki Brill
Teaching new STEM skills to students can be daunting experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Being successful in the classroom often involves having the right resources and knowing how to deliver them. When I taught Global Explorers at Princeton Junior School during STEAM immersion week this spring, I came equipped with Level Up Village’s fully developed curriculum to guide me through the lessons. Here are my top three take-aways from teaching this course and how it can enhance your science classroom this upcoming school year.
Cross-Curricular Level Up Village Project at The Chapin School Combines Science, Spanish & Global Collaboration
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
Perhaps one of the most exciting opportunities to foster a Growth Mindset in students is through Game Design. Alongside instructors, students will discover and embrace this mindset by developing new strategies and demonstrating resilience in the face of failure.
To make Spanish truly relevant and exciting for students, U.S. schools can choose to pair up with one of Level Up Village’s Latin American Global Partners. LUV’s Pied Piper Engineering course is an excellent choice for this cross-cultural exchange for students as young as Kindergarten through 2nd grade.