Design Genius, Jr.: Adventures in Engineering for Kids explores the future through problem solving, design thinking, and engineering in a science-fact world that most parents and kids don’t yet know exists. This book invites kids to take charge of the world they wish to create by designing inventions and solutions to challenges faced in an imaginary City X, the first human settlement on another planet. This adventure takes readers on an epic journey: humans are leaving Earth, arriving at a new planet, and creating the first settlement there, City X. It’s a journey of historic proportions, to a fledgling city on a distant planet, where humanity has a chance to start fresh and design a future that works for everyone.In settling another planet, humans discover a host of challenges, much like those faced on Earth: Challenges related to issues of energy, environment, transportation, security, food, safety, and health. Empowered by design thinking and advanced technology, their problems are to be solved by a vast team of young designers on Earth (your children!). With this book, you and yours will be able to develop the tools to explore, understand, imagine, create, and share your own irresistible futures through accessible real-world activities and awesome ideations.Without limits, what can kids create?
Brett Schilke is a globally-recognized expert on the future of learning and the future of work, and is the co-creator of the City X Project, a problem solving, design, and engineering course for kids that’s used in over 75 countries and nationwide in China. He is an advisor to multiple education startups, and has designed future-focused curriculum and learning experiences for the United States Congress and the UAE Ministry of Education. Brett also currently leads the Task Force for the Future of Work for the G20 Engagement Group on Youth.
Currently serving on the faculty of Singularity University in Silicon Valley, Brett designs and leads initiatives to redesign the global K12 education system. He regularly writes on education and the future of youth on various media properties and averages over 30 global speaking engagements each year. Design Genius Jr. Engineering: 40 Challenges to Design the Future as You Journey to City X is his first book. He lives in Palo Alto, California.