The Learning Exchange (LE) is a new after-school initiative by Brown University students that seeks to build excitement around learning through the use of technology. Because many students in Providence struggle with math and science, LE mentors use technology to show middle school students how they can apply math in fun and creative ways. In effect they become computer scientists and craft games and animations using the Scratch interface. Other children use math and technology to become digital music virtuosos and mash up their favorite hip-hop songs and loops. Kids are also encouraged to take ownership of their learning by completing a self-directed project over the duration of each course. Overall, the LE is based on one simple realization: that learning is most fun and exciting when it is relevant to each student.
Middle School Students
The Dean of the College/Science Center Outreach
Selected Student Projects
BrickBreaker: A project completed by a middle schooler
Laser: A project completed by a middle schooler
Pacman: A project completed by a seven grader