You may have heard that this year the Seattle Center is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, and we’re hoping you’ll get involved! Not only can students enter their predictions for the classroom of the future, kids of all ages can enjoy events of all sorts.
Some of the scheduled events include:
The Classroom of the Future Exhibition Launch, on Tuesday, July 31, that will present predictions from today’s youth for learning in the future. The exhibition will be open Sundays through the month of August and is sure to provide some fun insights into just what and how we might be learning 50 years from now.
Seattle Center is also partnering with SIFF to bring us the Next 50 film series. They will show films that discuss learning, passion and purpose in today’s world. Films will be shown on Wednesdays from August 8 – 29 at 7pm. Admission is free, but seating will be limited so email RSVPLearning@seattlecenter.org to reserve your seat. The films scheduled to be shown are:
- Chops (Aug 8 ) – What inspires kids to do amazing things? What learning environments are most conducive to extraordinary achievement? What activities should we be steering kids toward in our curricula?
- Happy (Aug 15) – Do we live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? What is the purpose of schooling? How can schools leverage social and emotional well-being into greater academic achievement? What is the role of the emerging field of positive psychology on education policy?
- Finding Joe (Aug 22) – In what ways can Joseph Campbell’s philosophy The Hero’s Journey be applied to education? What might “follow your bliss” look like in school? How can we make school a place that explicitly teaches students to face their fears?
- The Lottery – What might be an effective strategy moving forward in educating socioeconomically disadvantaged young people? What is an appropriate role for charter schools? Why has change proven to be so difficult and what steps can be taken to overcome these challenges?
If you’d rather see people in person talk about their learning experiences People • Passion • Purpose (P3): A Learning Odyssey is the event for you. Born out of the sense that learning and education had grown out of sync, Seattle Center’s Learning Committee asked 25 people to pursue their passions for nine months with a mentor to help them along the way. During talks on August 13, 20 and 27, hear P3 participants talk about what they learned about passions, fulfillment, productivity and success during their project. Tickets are free, but capacity is limited. Go to ticketmaster.com in advance to reserve your ticket. If you can’t make it, you can watch the broadcasts later on the Next Fifty Global Channel
For those who’d like to hear from the experts, Seattle Center presents Education in the Next 50. This event, sponsored by the Committee for Children, brings together four national leaders in education to discuss the future of schools, skills, teachers, technology and more. The event will be held Thursday, Aug 16 at 7 p.m. at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Admission is $10 student/educator, $16 general admission, $37 premium seating/post-event reception.
We hope to see you at one of these events as we celebrate all the great things to come in education. And, don’t forget, you still have time to submit your vision for the future in the Classroom of the Future contest!