Three Students Win for Imagining #FutureEd

Topics: Future of Learning

KnowledgeWorks is hosting a student design competition, Imagine FutureEd. Anyone who is interested in taking part can sign up via the competition website.KnowledgeWorks and Teach the Future are thrilled to announce the winners of the Imagine FutureEd™ student design competition!

Savannah Vangotum and Layne Shelton of Cadiz, Kentucky, won for creating compelling scenarios of the future of education. Their teacher Michelle Strickland, of Trigg County High School, also receives recognition for supporting the creation of their entries.

In addition, Sierra McLeod of Charlotte, North Carolina, who attends Lake Norman Charter High School, won for creating both a compelling scenario of the future of education and a distinctive artifact of the future illustrating that scenario. Sierra entered the competition independently.

The Imagine FutureEd™ competition sought to elevate students’ perspectives on the future of learning and provide students and teachers with tools for developing long-term thinking. It invited youth aged 13-18 and living in the U.S. to submit written scenarios, or stories, describing possible futures of learning. Participants could also elect to produce accompanying artifacts from the future, or images that illustrate some aspect of their scenarios. The competition ran from January through March 2017. It attracted submissions from high school and junior high school students in four states.

The winning scenarios, excerpts from other scenarios, and interviews with the winners will be published on and featured in blog posts on KnowledgeWorks’ and Teach the Future’s websites. In the meantime, here are some possibilities raised by the winners’ entries to ponder:

  • From Layne: Could the school supply list get shorter and the line for the eye doctor get longer as learning becomes almost entirely mediated through computers?
  • From Savannah: Could a robot called Nan be assigned to a child for the school year as a learning companion?
  • From Sierra: Could holographic, interactive images be projected throughout a classroom for students to explore?

Stay tuned for more perspectives on what the future of learning might look like, why those possibilities came to the fore of students’ exploration, and what it was like for Layne, Savannah, and Sierra to imagine the future of education.