Discussions about the future of learning often leave out one crucial perspective: young people themselves. To highlight youth voices on this important topic, KnowledgeWorks will be hosting a student design competition, Imagine FutureEd™. Starting today, anyone who is interested in taking part can sign up via the competition website.
Open to anyone aged 13-18 who is based in the U.S., Imagine FutureEd™ will invite participants to submit written scenarios describing possible futures of learning. A scenario is a story about the future that is grounded in changes happening today. Participants will also have the option of producing an accompanying artifact from the future, or an image illustrating an object from their scenarios.
Youth participants can work on their own or with the support of an adult facilitator, who may be a teacher, an after-school program facilitator, a museum educator, a homeschooling guide, or anyone else who works with young people. KnowledgeWorks and our partner, Teach the Future, will supply five custom activities and supporting materials to guide the creation of submissions that are informed by changes on the horizon. The full set of activities is estimated to take approximately 2.5 hours. Participants can select from or modify them as needed or can take another approach to creating competition submissions.
The Imagine FutureEd™ competition will officially be open from February 20 through March 27, with materials available in late January. For now, anyone who is interested can visit the competition website to sign up to receive updates and full competition materials when they are released.
Three scenarios and three artifacts from the future will be selected as winning submissions, with specific prizes for the students creating them and the supporting adults to be announced shortly. KnowledgeWorks also plans to publish most entries in a back-to-school look book in the fall of 2017.
We look forward to seeing many ways of imagining what #FutureEd might look like. Again, we encourage you to sign up to learn more and to spread the word about the competition to others!
Student voice is an important but underrepresented perspective on the future of learning. We hope that the Imagine FutureEd™ competition will help bring it to the fore.