Middle School students are working with a program called Level Up Village with a partner school in Kenya. 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 students in the U.S. and Global Partner students in 20+ countries. With our International Baccalaureate focus on global mindedness, this collaboration is another way that students can explore the world. This year, students are working with their counterparts on the Global Water Crisis. Most recently the students were working on a project to try to clean water. The students also connect via asynchronous videos to communicate with a partner as they complete the same projects and tackle the same questions as a classroom in Kenya.
A social impact company 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 students from around the world.
In all Level Up Village courses, students at schools are paired with partner students taking the same course at one of LUV’s fully vetted and trained Global Partner organizations across Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Through a combination of guided discussion, hands-on activities and interactive media, students apply design thinking to solve a problem. Students interact with their Global Partners via LUV’s global communication platform by exchanging video messages, participating in live video chats, collaborating on shared project files and creating personal profiles. In these ways, students not only work together on projects, but also discuss the real-life application of their learning and learn about each other’s daily lives and cultures. The result is meaningful global collaboration and an enhanced understanding of the world.