In September 2014, Blossom Hill set up partnership between Level Up Village (LUV) based at Greenwich Country Day School and our grantee, NicaPhoto, to work on projects based on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) and to develop solutions together.
LUV offers STEAM-focused curricula for elementary and middle school students with the explicit intention of pairing learning opportunities between youth in the U.S. and youth in developing nations. The two groups of students work simultaneously on projects and connect through video letters and Skype calls. Kids turn into global inventors, doctors and app designers they think through solving scarcity of electricity, increase their awareness of human body systems and health through specimen dissections and build a mobile app that drives positive social change.
Each class offered by LUV at NicaPhoto was accompanied by a stipend to cover teacher salaries, equipment and supplies. To date, NicaPhoto held 17 classes in six different subjects, partnered with 24 U.S. classrooms and raised a lot of enthusiasm for learning among its kids who were thrilled by the opportunity!
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