BENEFITING: GLOBAL MINIMUM
Global Minimum and Level Up Village are raising funds to equip the Innovation Lab at the Prince of Wales School in Freetown, Sierra Leone. $2,000 will allow us to ship 50 used MacBook Pro from Cambridge, USA to Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The laptops will enable virtual video exchange between students from Sierra Leone and students from US. The laptops will also allow students from Sierra Leone to learn computer basics, write online journals, create blogs, and use online tools such as Scratch, Makey Makey and Arduino.
Global Minimum launched the Innovation Lab at the Prince of Wales School in March 2014 in partnership with MIT, SparkFun and Autodesk. We have now more than 100 students and 40 community members who use the Innovation Lab.
LUV's vision is to create and inspire a generation of change makers. Their formula for motivating students in this way is two fold: give students innovative, STEM based learning opportunities and give them a real-life, global context in which to explore the relevancy of that learning. They achieve this through their unique, "take a class, give a class" model that uses a part of the fee that students in the US pay to take their STEM after school classes and gives that to a global partner program serving children in poverty. LUV connects global partner programs with students in the US one-to-one. During the first half of every class, students participate in hands-on, fun, STEM learning experiences. During the second half of class, they connect with their global partner through video letter exchanges. In this way, students are able to be the ambassadors of their learning as well as their culture. LUV runs classes in biology, chemistry, engineering, 3D Printing & design, video game design & coding, as well as in physics through Minecraft.