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Ideation Workshop

Would you like to join the conversation on what the future school experience might look like? A simple way to participate is by facilitating a Class of 2032 Ideation Workshop. This 50-minute workshop challenges students and/or teachers to generate ideas on how students might experience school in the year 2032. Limited face-to-face workshops are available from UConn faculty. Please contact us if you're intereste in scheduling a free workshop in your school. Alternatively you can conduct your own using our Class of 2032 Ideation Workshop Guide.

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Design Challenge

Ray and Samantha were born in the year 2014. They form part of a generation that might see their toys made on a 3D printer in their parent's study, where their requests for information will be directed verbally to someone called Siri, and their Amazon Prime accounts will likely come with the option of one-day delivery via a flying drone – and that’s not to mention self-driving cars that come with a choice of operating system. Your mission is to create a new invention that will be used by Ray and Samantha as part of their education experience in the year 2032.

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As part of our crowdsourcing effort, we encourage all participants of our ideation workshop and/or design challenge, to submit their ideas to our website. These can be shared in the form of drawings, paintings, diagrams, 3D models, and other types of illustration that can be submitted as a JPG or PDF. We will include these ideas in our annual report that summarizes the ideas generated thus far. For educators who have conduccted an ideation workshop, we encourage you to submit ALL ideas generated as part of your workshop.

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About the Project


Stage One

Clarification and Ideation

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Stage Two

Iterative Design and Story Finding

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Stage Three

Designing our Visual Experience

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Submit your work.

All submissions will be examined for their ideas on each theme and used to inform, and in some cases provide content, for the project’s documentary and culminating visualization.

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The Team


Samantha Olschan

Samantha Olschan is an artist, animator and educator with an M.F.A. in Film, Video & New Media: Animation from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago & a B.F.A in Fine Arts: Electronic & Time-Based Media from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to joining the University of Connecticut Digital Media & Design Department, Samantha worked in broadcast design, animation, compositing and time-based visualization for television, films, documentaries and media agencies. She continues to research the future of storytelling through animation, design, interactivity & experiential narrative.

Teaching appointments in animation, media and design include University of Connecticut, Pratt Institute, Wesleyan University, Quinnipiac University, Columbia College, New York Film Academy & The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent exhibitions and screenings include the Black Maria Film & Video Festival, P.O.V. Series (PBS), The ShortList (PBS), Visionfest, Tribeca Cinemas, Bumbershoot, Seattle International Film Festival, Boston Cinema Census, Boston Underground Film Festival, Conversations at the Edge, The Gene Siskel Film Center, Marblehead Film Festival & the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Greece.

Matthew Worwood

Matthew Worwood is Associate Director of Digital Media and Design, at the University of Connecticut. Formally a Digital Media Specialist at EDUCATION CONNECTION’s Center for 21st Century Skills, Matthew has worked on a variety of statewide education initiatives in digital media. Past work includes the creation of a digital media sequence for the Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, establishing a 3D virtual world called IVCS2, and founding the Connecticut Student Film Festival.

Matthew is an Apple Distinguished Educator, with a Bachelor's degree from City University London, a Post Graduate Education Certificate from Roehampton University, and a Master's degree in Educational Studies, specializing in Creativity. As part of his studies Matthew produced a documentary that explored creativity in education, and is currently working on a crowdsourcing and visualization project called Class of 2032.

Matthew is co-founder of the blog, DadsforCreativity.com and serves as an Executive Board Member at the EverWonder Children’s Museum in Newtown, CT.


  • Nathan Carr
  • Danielle Brown
  • Kate Kormushoff
  • Elizabeth Caron
  • Joel Salisbury
  • Thomas Lee
  • Brittney Garth

Class of 2032 also acknowledges the generous support of the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts Dean’s Grant Award and the Office of Vice President of Research.