Americans need to learn how to discover, writes David Edwards in Wired. Over the next 20 years, as population rises by 2 billion people, we need to discover new ways to feed people, “new science, engineering, design, and architectural methods, and pioneer economic models” to deal with climate change, “new approaches to medical treatment” and so on.
A new kind of learning by doing is catching on, writes Edwards, who teaches a class called “How to Create Things and Have Them Matter” at Harvard.
Sometimes discovery learning is called maker classes, after-school innovation programs or innovation prizes, he writes. “Discovery environments are showing up as culture and entertainment, from online experiences to contemporary art installations and new kinds of culture labs.”
“Learning by an original and personal process of discovery” is a trend on university campuses and is now showing up “in middle school, high school and after school programs,” he writes.
The ArtScience Prize lets students “learn the thrill of discovering the undiscovered.”