Brett Schilke is an education designer, storyteller, and self-proclaimed man-of-making-things-happen. His work as an educator, researcher, and community organizer has taken him to eight countries across three continents, including a decade in US-Russian citizen diplomacy and educational development and three years leading community impact initiatives for a private university in Siberia. Brett is now the co-founder and “Chief Instigator” of IDEAco, a Chicago-based nonprofit working to empower communities of Changemakers around the world.
UX Camp 2014: Prototype Camp
3D Printing to Save the World: Kids Prototype to Solve Global Problems
The City X Project is an international edtech curriculum that uses 3D printing and the design process to turn kids into Changemakers tackling world problems. It is the largest program of IDEAco, a Chicago-based nonprofit building learning experiences that fuse design thinking and technology around the world.
Accessed by more than 500 teachers across 50+ countries since its release in April 2014, the City X Project is a globally-tested open education resource that was developed through 15 months of rapid-fire prototyping and testing–all said, 17 iterations in five countries across three continents and four languages. Not only was the City X Project itself prototyped, but kids in the workshop also learn about the value of failing, iterating, and prototype their ideas as they use the design process to create hypothetical inventions that can tackle challenges we face as a society.
I will share our experience prototyping the workshop around the world (from the mountains of Lebanon to the tundra of remote Alaska), tell the story of a special kid whose City X prototyping will soon be literally “out of this world”, and share some of the best kid-designed prototypes that might just one day change our future.