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Student Design Challenge

Imagining the Future of Learning with Students

Discussions about the future of learning often leave out one crucial perspective: young people themselves. To highlight youth voices on this important topic, KnowledgeWorks is hosting a youth foresight competition, Imagine FutureEd, in partnership with Teach the Future, a nonprofit whose mission is to bring foresight and futures thinking to students and schools.

What is Imagine FutureEd?

Imagine FutureEd is an online foresight competition open to any U.S.-based young person age 13-18. Participants will be asked to submit a scenario about the future of learning and will have the option to produce an accompanying artifact from the future.

How will it work?

KnowledgeWorks will supply five custom activities and supporting materials to guide the creation of submissions. Participants can work on their own or with the support of an adult facilitator (educators or other adults who work with young people). Participants do not have to use KnowledgeWorks’ activities to submit entries, but the judging rubric will be based on them.

How much time will it take?

The full set of activities is estimated to take approximately 2.5 hours. The activities are flexible and modular. Participants and adult facilitators can elect to use them in order as presented – either in a single session or over time – or can adapt or select from the suggested activities.

When will it take place?

Activities and supporting materials will be available in late January. Participants and adult facilitators may begin working toward their submissions as soon as materials are available. The competition will officially kick off in late February. Submission will be due on the competition website by the end of March. Winners will be notified and announced in May, and most submissions will be published in a back-to-school look book in fall of 2017.

Will people win prizes?

Six submissions will be selected as winners: three scenarios and three artifacts from the future. Each winner will receive a prize. One adult facilitator per winner will also receive a prize; that person must be identified at the time of submission. Exact prizes will be announced soon.

Who are the host organizations?

KnowledgeWorks is a nonprofit social enterprise committed to providing every learner with meaningful personalized learning experiences that ensure success in college, career and civic life. In addition to developing the capabilities of educators to implement and sustain competency-based and early college schools and partnering with federal, state and district leaders to remove policy barriers that inhibit the growth of personalized learning, we provide national thought leadership around the future of learning. Teach the Future is a nonprofit whose mission is to bring foresight and futures thinking to students and schools.

I still have questions. What should I do?

Full competition rules, details, and supporting materials will be available soon. Sign up to express interest in the competition and to receive updates as they become available, or email imaginefutureed@knowledgeworks.org with specific questions.

Go to imaginefutureed.knowledgeworks.org to sign up to receive updates and full competition materials when they are released.

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