Talladega County Schools "Level Up" with STEAM
B. B. Comer Memorial High School, Fayetteville High School, and LincolnElementary Schools Launch Level Up Village Courses Centered on STEAM & Global Awareness
Students in Science Classes at all three schools are participating in courses which include CAD (Computer Animated Drawing), 3D Printing, circuitry, solar energy, and improving water quality. Students are collaborating with peer partners in a developing country for one-on-one collaboration and cultural exchange.
The Talladega County School System has launched innovative global STEAM programming to its science courses in partnership with Level Up Village (LUV). Students at Lincoln Elementary, BB Comer High School, and Fayetteville have been deeply immersed in learning their science standards, along with skills like computer animated drawing (CAD), 3D printing, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration. Since March 6, students have been collaborating one-on-one with partner students from one of LUV’s Global Partner organizations in a developing country via video message exchange. Some of the global partners include students from Nicaragua, Ghana, and Palestine.
“While researching online for STEAM resources and curriculum, I came across Level Up Village. I read the course descriptions and immediately realized the strong connection to science standards, STEAM-themes, and project-based learning. When you add in the global partnering, Level Up Village becomes an indispensable partner in giving our students this experience” stated Craig Bates, Coordinator of Technology for the district.
Lincoln Elementary, Fayetteville, and B. B. Comer High are all offering a Level Up Village course between March and May with Lincoln Elementary and B. B. Comer focused on solving an issue like providing inexpensive solar powered light for rural homes in developing countries where students need a study light. Fayetteville students and their global partners are looking at global and local water quality and how to create an affordable, yet highly functional water filtering mechanism.
Shannon Hill, Instructional Partner at Lincoln Elementary had this to say about the exciting learning and the partnership between TCBOE and LUV. “Level Up Village has allowed our students to branch outside the walls of Lincoln Elementary School into a global setting where they are solving real world problems. Our students are collaborating with their global partners from Nicaragua and Palestine to help solve the problem of lack of reliable access to electricity for personal lighting. Through the use of 1 to 1 video message exchanges with their assigned global partner, our students are learning about different cultures, causing our students to connect both physically and emotionally to this project. It amazes me to see 3rd-grade students rise up to the challenge by designing fully functional solar powered flashlights through digital software and 3D printing.”
In the solar light project, entitled Global Inventors, students learn to harness the power of 3D printing, one of the most innovative technologies of our time, to engineer solutions to real-world issues. In this exciting course, they learn how to use Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to create and modify a series of designs. The final project is to create and 3D print a solar-powered light source in collaboration with a global partner student from a developing country.
In the Global Water Crisis project, students reflect on their own water use and how they can be part of the solution to the global water crisis. They learn how to create 3D designs to help solve this global issue and expand their understanding of the subject matter as the project final product is produced. Students will work closely with their Global Partners through the exchange of video messages to develop a hands-on research project that shows the water problems each of their countries face while sharing practical ways to address these problems and help bring clean water to the 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 among 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 LUV’s “take a class, give a class” model.
“We are thrilled to work with Talladega County Schools to create a vibrant, global classroom experience where students will not only develop essential 21st Century skills but also the mindset they need to become compassionate global citizens,” said Amy McCooe, CEO and Co-Founder of Level Up Village. “Our goal is to make it easy for schools to globalize the classroom by providing them with fully developed curricula, comprehensive teaching training and experienced management of the global collaboration process.
About Talladega County Schools
The fourth largest employer in Talladega County, Alabama, the Talladega County School System has seventeen schools serving approximately 7,600 students and 1,000 employees. The school system and its schools have received various national and state awards including being selected as a US Department of Education Green Ribbon School System along with several schools selected as US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. Talladega County Schools is currently implementing a 1:1 digital device to student program, called #LeadingTheWay, which utilizes approximately 6,400 Chromebooks, and 1,200 iPad tablets, all of which provide 24/7 mobile access to students in grades 3-12 and daily classroom access to students in grades K-2. Each student is assigned his or her own device, which is not shared with others, making Talladega County Schools one of only a handful of districts in the state of Alabama providing this density of mobile device access.
About Level Up Village
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. Launched in 2012, LUV runs courses during school, after-school and in the summer for students at more than 250 U.S. schools, with 40+ Global Partner organizations in more than 20 countries. For more information, visit them at levelupvillage.com or find them on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter @LevelUpVillage.
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