Classroom of the Future Exhibition

Where will you learn?  What will you learn?  How will you learn?  With Whom will you learn?

With the general belief that there is a need for better learning environments, this project asks youth to create their own models of how and where they would like to learn fifty years from now.  Notions of physical space, integration of technology, and structure of the day come into play, but also curricular ideas as modes of learning, topics of study, and the teacher/student relationship.  The hope is that new, fresh visions of learning may help expand our thinking and create some changes towards a better system of learning in this nation.

Who Can Participate?

  • Youth in grades K-12 can participate either on their own, or as part of a school, home-school, or after-school project.
  • Participants must be residents of Washington State.
  • Participants can enter their work in any of the following categories: Individual, Pairs, Group, or Intergenerational (where adults and youth collaborate on the submission).
  • Youth can either work on the project independently or with the guidance of a teacher, parent, guardian, or mentor.

This is not a contest, but the submissions will be organized into an exhibition on view August 2012 at Seattle Center. Professionals in the fields of education, technology, architecture, art and design will curate the submissions to present common themes apparent in the participants’ visions of future learning environments. While there will not be prizes, all participants will receive official Next Fifty certificates. Selected individual youth and/or groups may be invited to present their ideas as part of Seattle Center’s Next Fifty Learning events in August 2012.

If you are interested in submitting your vision of the Classroom of the Future, fill out and return an Intent Form by April 30, 2012.  Deadline to then submit your Final Proposal is June 1, 2012.

For Guidelines, and an Intent Form, click below.

Classroom of the Future Intent Form & Guidelines


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September 2, 2011  |  Learning

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