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Stamford's Beacon School Launches Global Learning Program

Students at The Beacon School in Stamford will work with counterparts in Palestine and Syrian refugees in Jordan as they learn global citizenship through the "Level Up Village" program.
Students at The Beacon School in Stamford will work with counterparts in Palestine and Syrian refugees in Jordan as they learn global citizenship through the "Level Up Village" program. Photo Credit: Bob Capazzo

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Technology is giving kids who want to make a difference in the world a new way to do it, said Tucker Paine, a director of The Beacon School in Stamford.

According to Paine, the independent school has been chosen as a partner for Level Up Village, an innovative program based in Old Greenwich that pairs students here with students in developing countries.

Together, with the help of cutting-edge technology, such as guided video messaging, the students tackle real-life problem solving on a global scale, he said.

The program also teaches STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) subjects.

Students will be taking part in two weekly after-school programs, "Global Video Game Designers," a game design, pre-coding, and global citizenship class, and "Global Inventors," a 3D printing, CAD design and engineering class.

According to Paine, local students have been paired with students from Palestine for the "Global Inventors" program, and with Syrian refugee students in Jordan for the "Global Video Game Designers" program.

Paine, calling the program remarkable, said “it breaks down barriers and opens up a sense of global belonging” in the students. And, he added, “all through engaging activities that they can't wait to complete."

Level Up Village has more than 65 participating schools in 12 states, and more than 30 global partner organizations in 19 countries, Paine said.

The school, which is housed in the historic Hubbard mansion at 111 W. North St. in Stamford, is having an open house from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8.

For more information about the school, contact Meredith Hafer at 203-200-7244 or mhafer@beacon-ct.

For more information on Level Up Village, check out its website .

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