This year’s Cultivating Curiosity Award Gold Winner, ‘NoRILLA (Novel Research-based Intelligent Lifelong Learning Apparatus)’, is the joint brainchild of Carnegie Mellon University and NoRILLA Inc.
They are developing a new mixed-reality learning system and a new genre of Intelligent Science Stations, bridging the advantages of physical and virtual worlds to improve children’s inquiry-based STEM learning in a more enjoyable and collaborative way, thus stimulating curiosity. It provides personalized interactive feedback to children based on proven learning techniques, as they experiment and make discoveries in their everyday physical environment, turning them into little scientists. Research conducted at Carnegie Mellon University with over 200 children has shown that their system improves children’s science learning by 5 times compared to equivalent tablet or computer games, while also increasing enjoyment.
Tecnologico de Monterrey
Rather than push students into predictable outcomes, Research Path pedagogy uses curiosity to pull them across new horizons. The Research Path objective is for undergraduate students to earn what they learn by integrating into research, developing hotly-demanded research skills, and graduating with concrete research results. 864 students have participated since 2004. 304 have graduated, and 100% of these are working or doing graduate studies. Students opt-in after third semester, complete eight credit-bearing seminars and internships, and document a capstone project with a peer-reviewed publication, intellectual property, business venture, or scientific reports. Results include 52 journal articles with 638 citations.
Reach the World
Virtual exchanges—defined as sustained, technology-enabled, people to people education programs—can vastly expand the number and diversity of young people who have access to profound cross-cultural experiences as part of their education. Positive, personal, global experiences enhance children’s educational journeys, and lay the foundation for a more peaceful world. Imagine if every child matched online with global mentors throughout their K-12 years? If best practices from the online dating industry were applied at scale to the education, then our school systems would be able to truly help all youth to become curious, confident and compassionate global citizens.