“What IS this?” exclaimed Grace. Her eyes widened behind her goggles at she leaned closer to her snake specimen to get a better look. In the middle of the dissection, she had discovered what seemed to be several more little snakes, all coiled up in the abdomen. The other girls clustered around to see.
“First we thought the snake had possibly eaten another snake, but we kept looking and found more and more,” said Jennifer Beck, a teacher at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Texas. “We weren’t expecting a pregnant one, so we had to do a lot of Internet research, and we learned not all snakes lay eggs. Some carry their young.”
The girls were participating in Level Up Village’s Global Doctors – Anatomy as part of “DASH into Summer,” a summer enrichment program run by Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart.
Only 16% of high school students are proficient in math and interested in a STEAM (STEM + arts) career, according to the U.S. Deptartment of Education, yet eight out of ten jobs of the future are geared towards graduates in STEAM fields. We’re working hard to prepare kids for the jobs of the future, and we bet you are, too. Here are some online resources for activities you can do to enrich children’s understanding of STEAM subjects.
Children at Asociacion CREAR in one of the poorest areas of rural Costa Rica recently teamed up with students at a summer program in Houston, Texas, for two hands-on STEAM (STEM + arts) courses. Together, they took Global Minecraft Builders and Pied Piper Engineering with Level Up Village, a provider of global STEAM enrichment to more than 50 U.S. schools in 12 states and over 30 Global Partner organizations in 19 countries.
During each class period, the children exchanged video messages about the project they were working on with their individual partners in the other country. Though they had never collaborated globally before, the kids quickly embraced it.
A shoemaker by day, 15 year-old Raman is a student by night in Mumbai, India.
He recently took Level Up Village’s Global App Developers through LUV’s Global Partner Masoom Education Group and was inspired by the experience to fully engage in his studies and pursue his dream of becoming an engineer.
“Before, Raman didn’t like school and never showed up for any of the school activities. Now he is passionate about his goals and ready to work hard,” said Vishvajeet Pawar, Specialist, Masoom Education Group.
All over the world, Level Up Village (LUV) programs provide K-9 students with hands-on, engaging STEAM (STEM + arts) activities that make STEAM accessible and inspiring.
Last spring, when students from The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine in New York City took Level Up Village’s Global Minecraft Builders course, they were paired with partner students at iEARN Pakistan in Karachi, and the result was extraordinary one-to-one global collaboration.
“They built a transportation system at Pakistan’s suggestion, a hospital that Cathedral organized, and even a collaborative flower garden, which required both classes to recall their point plotting skills from an earlier class.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.