Where do we go from here? An exploration of science fiction literature, current advances in technology, astronomy, science, and imaginative narratives of the future.
Fridays 10am - 3pm | Ages 10 - 15 | January - March 2015
What do we know about the current state of the world and what can we do to better understand how the future will look? How can our imaginations, and the narratives of science fiction literature help us envision a future world that meets our standards of health, happiness and sustainability?
In this workshop, we asked what we could learn from science fiction literature. How might we be inspired by stories to design our own futures, battle our fears, and examine our questions about technology, space, and life in this universe? We read short stories, including, A Sound of Thunder and The Veldt by Ray Bradbury, and excerpts of Dune by Frank Herbert. We broke into three groups to read three books: The Ear, The Eye, and The Arm by Nancy Farmer, Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler, and Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson.
We studied these stories and explored the real sciences they reference and the technologies they utilize - and we each took on a personal research projects to learn more about the real sciences behind robotics, alternate dimensions, dreams, astrophysics, alien life and more.
With Lucy Segar and Nicole LoBue.