driving the Future of education through mentorship
In the year 2050, we will be breaking out of the traditional classroom and harness artificial intelligence to optimize learning for all. Developed by Pxl school, the Droplet will become every American’s companion throughout their lifetime learning journey.
+ Digital Prototyping
+ Design Research
+ 3D Product Design
MFA Products of Design, School of Visual Arts
+ Future of work
+ This project was completed in partnership with Victoria Ayo and Anna Chau
In a world where automation and artificial intelligence will vastly change the landscape of technology and labor, people can no longer thrive in an educational system with rote learning curriculums and standardized tests dominating as they currently do.
These systems leave out the less privileged and create achievement gaps, side effects that can be remedied when universal distribution of Droplet allows all to have access to highly sophisticated learning technology.
With the new ethos that learning is a lifetime process toward mentorship and that education is an economic and governmental imperative, Droplet will guide humans through achievement levels to focus on the skills that will be most relevant in the future of work.
To first frame the problem, we analyzed the current state of education in the United States and the innovations forging the path in 2018. Based on findings about educational technologies, learning methodologies, and research-backed educational interventions from the current day, we made projections about what will be available in the 2050 educational system. An analysis of economics, government funding, AI, and transportation systems further bolstered the relationship between this future educational system and the system it sits within. From there, a speculative object was designed to become the matter that helps the users navigate through the highly complex dark matter that is the educational system of the future.
Breaking out of the classroom
Education in real world settings
As learners start out in the traditional classroom to learn foundational social skills, children equipped with Droplet guidance will gradually enter mobile environments and workplaces to gain real-world experience and develop their critical thinking, creativity, communication, and abstract thinking skills from mentors.