Fourth-graders at Laurel School in Shaker Heights design light box for students in Zimbabwe

Posted at 8:00 AM, Feb 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-23 09:39:47-05

A local fourth grade class will soon be able to say, “Let There Be Light.”

Laurel School fourth-graders have partnered with Level Up Village to offer innovative global STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) programming that will connect students to peers from across the world.

“My favorite part of the project is getting to know someone like from all the way across the globe and it’s really nice to work with them,” said Stella Fox, a fourth grader at the elementary school.

Her fourth grade has been designing a light box and they’re not doing it alone.

They’re creating it with their peers in Zimbabwe, who will eventually use it.

In Zimbabwe, kids and their families do not readily have access to electricity, so this will help them.

Teacher Abbie Bole said the creation of the box is just as much of a learning a learning experience as the connection they’re making with the students overseas.

“So we actually found that we’re a world apart, that there are a lot of similarities between our two schools,” she says.

They’re using TinkerCAD software to design and wire the 

lightbox then a 3D printer to create and test it, all just by the touch of their tablets.

Laurel is the only school in Northeast Ohio participating in this unique project.

The whole idea is to introduce science, technology, engineering, art and math or STEAM to the students while their young.