Developed by Team Exponent, Exponential Education is an open source education framework and curriculum for learning, solving, and building through 10x thinking and projects. The curriculum centers on Exponential Sprints, which encourage children to realize and build 10x solutions to some of humanity’s most difficult challenges. By focusing on uncovering children’s passions and interests, and helping them to acquire the skills to solve challenging problems through 10x thinking, Exponential Sprints aid adults in shifting away from asking children, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” to “What problem do you want to solve, and what do you want to build now?” Any school program can implement Exponential Education. The curriculum is flexible and can be applied to a full-time school year, a single class, an after-school program, or even a weekend or conference experience.
Project-based learning (PBL) is a topic many teachers are interested in, but are unsure of how to implement or understand if it is working. Long before my Epic Romeo and Juliet Project, the first major project I created was during my student teaching 10 years ago. I thought it would be a great idea to hold a mock trial in my class after reading Huck Finn. I wanted students to put Mark Twain on trial for being a racist. At the time, there was some uproar across the nation on whether or not Huck should be taught in schools. We had discussed the topic in class and I thought this would be an engaging way for students to explore both sides of the issue and make up their minds.
Sponsored by Project Paradigm and the American Red Cross, the Paradigm Challenge is intended to inspire youth to use STEM skills, as well as kindness, creativity, and collaboration, to make a difference. The challenge is to generate new ideas to reduce waste in homes, schools, communities, and around the world.