This summer, The Country School teamed up with Level Up Village to offer pioneering global STEAM (STEM + Arts) courses as part of our Summer Fun and Learning program. In addition to engaging in STEAM programs, participants collaborated one-on-one with partner students from one of Level Up Village's Global Partner organizations in a developing country via video message exchanges.
Camps offered through the Level Up Village-Country School partnership included Global Inventors and Global Video Game Designers. At the Global Inventors camp, participants used 3D printers to create solar flashlights - and they did so while collaborating with friends in Kenya. Below, campers with their flashlights.
For Global Video Game Designers, participants explored Scratch and used video camera sensors and drawings to build and hack video games, collaborating through videos with Palestinian friends.
"Joining forces with Level Up Village is a natural extension of what we do throughout the year at The Country School, developing 21st Century skills and incorporating STEAM into our PreSchool through 8th Grade programs," said John Fixx, Head of School. "In addition, the global collaboration ties in seamlessly with our curricula that stir appreciation for various cultures and traditions, important for the fulfillment of our school's mission as we prepare our students to enter a global and interconnected world."
Level Up Village empowers children to make a difference in the world with courses that promote design thinking and one-to-one collaboration on real-world problems between K-9 students in the U.S. and Global Partner students in 20+ countries. U.S. school partners directly sponsor Global STEAM education in developing countries through Level Up Village's "take a class, give a class" model: a portion of the tuition is used to deliver the same class to students at one of Level Up Village's Global Partners, many of whom are living on less than $2 a day. More information is available at levelupvillage.com.
"We connect students from around the world for shared STEAM learning experiences that are both impactful and relevant so they can develop the skills and mindset they need to become compassionate global citizens," said Amy McCooe, CEO of Level Up Village. "Our cutting-edge global STEAM courses include fully developed curricula, comprehensive teaching training and experienced management of the global collaboration process."
The Country School looks forward to continuing its partnership with Level Up Village - and with its partner schools - during the coming school year. What did campers think of the program this summer?
From Gabriel, a rising Country School 3rd Grader, who collaborated with a Palestinian student for the Global Video Designers camp:
It was really cool making my own video game! My friend from Palestine was like me. He had the same things. He liked to play outside, has an xbox, and made video games too. He also had a brother!From Nadia, a rising Country School 4th Grader:
It was neat to use the computer to make my own video game and then play it, and share it, which is really awesome. It was awesome to have a friend from somewhere else in the world. Abdul loved burgers just like me. I didn't know they have burgers in Palestine.
For more about programs that foster global awareness at The Country School, click here.