ISTE 2017: Collaborate Through STEAM Enrichment With Students Across The Globe In Level Up Village
Level Up Village (LUV) is teaching STEAM initiatives and connecting students to other students across the globe through one platform. Level Up Village offers STEAM courses for grades K-12 that can be taught in class, after school and even during the summer. When students participate in their courses they are connected to peers in other countries. Students will exchange video letters and collaborate on projects with their global partner students. Not only is each student learning important STEAM skills but they’re also learning about life in other countries from their peers. It’s somewhat like, real time pen pals.
Level Up Village takes those important STEAM skills and applies them to real life international problems. The Level Up students in the US and their global partner countries will explore those problems and help solve them. For example the problem could be that there is no electricity, how would they solve it?
Through back and forth video letters on the Level Up platform, the students will discuss the problems and how their solving them. Through this process students will identify the problem, come up with solutions, create prototypes, which “ultimately leads to a solution that contextualizes STEAM as an agent for positive change in the real world” the company says.
In an explainer video demonstrating the back and forth video conversations, a student in an emerging country told their student in America that they don’t have electricity after dark. The problem was identified as not having light after dark. The students went to work creating solar powered flashlights that saved up solar power during the day to power the flashlights at night.
Currently Level Up Village is live in over 250 public and private schools in the US, UK and Australia and they have 40+ global partners in more than 20 countries.
This unique partnership has US schools sponsor STEAM education in developing counties through a “take a class, give a class” model.
Find out more about Level Up’s unique program at ISTE 2017 in San Antonio, June 25th-28th, booth #2762 and online at levelupvillage.com