Fifty years ago a group of Seattle students were asked to make predictions about the “classroom of the future,” as part of the 1962 Century 21 World’s Fair. They came back with a mixed bag: phones that fit in your pocket? Check. Flying cars? Still waiting. (None mentioned high-stakes tests, Lunchables or Wikipedia.)
This year as part of the fair’s 50th anniversary, the Seattle Center asked students to make their own predictions about what school will look like 50 years from now.
Their ideas run the gamut, from helmets that squirt knowledge into our brains while we sleep to a videoconferencing screen that offers simultaneous translation. More than 60 kids submitted ideas, but here are a few highlights, grouped into some recurring themes: