Geek School: Smarter by Design

I’ve been a geek all my life, but I hated school. Until college, I learned more watching PBS and maxing out my youth library card every week than I ever did in a classroom. I’m worried that my son will have the same experience – he’s only four years old, but he already loves science at a fourth grade level.

And I’m a Geek Mom! Rather than sit back and try to make lemonade out of a lemon education system, I’m constantly on the hunt for smarter alternatives to the status quo. Where does one look for wise innovation? Humanitarian design, of course!

Project H Design believes that design can change the world, and I think they’re on to something. Using old tires, a sandbox and some chalk, they came up with an education tool that could make any classroom world-class. Their “Learning Landscape” was originally designed to make math education fun, but it’s dynamic enough to be applied as widely as language studies and civics, and it can be adapted to any grade level.

Take a look, and if you love it as much as kids do, put your local principals in touch with Project H Design. They’re currently seeking ten new ‘flagship’ schools where they can help fund and install Learning Landscapes.

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