"Our unique curriculums stimulate unforgettable 1-to-1 interactions between U.S. students and their Global Partner students—interactions that teach STEAM and design thinking through collaborative, real-life problem solving on an international scale."(About Level Up Village)
International Problem Solving
Level Up Village is dedicated to teaching students in the U.S. and in developing countries tech subjects by applying this learning to real international problems that students can help solve. Classes range from 3D printing to storybook and music creation, and each has a global mission in mind, such as solving climate change or improving world literacy. Students work collaboratively to identify real international problems, brainstorm ideas to fix them, and design prototypes to solve them. With this process, Level Up Village hopes to contextualize subjects as agents of positive change in the real world.
A Classroom Without Walls
Level Up Village connects each participating classroom in the U.S. with a classroom in a developing country. Participating schools currently come from more than 20 countries across the globe. Not only do students around the world share a curriculum, they also work collaboratively to solve the same problems, whether designing a website or 3D printing solar-powered flashlights to give to people without reliable access to electricity.
In addition, students engage in discussion boards and 1-on-1 video letter exchanges to share information about their lives and cultures and foster global relationships with their partnered classmates. The organization hopes that by encouraging international collaboration, its students can grow minds and hearts without borders.Image: The world by i naina_94 via Flickr