Bold Future of Education Scholarship

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$500
1 winner$500
In Review
Application Deadline
Jun 25, 2022
Winners Announced
Jul 25, 2022
Education Level
Any
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X

Education has the potential to pave the way for many hopeful generations, but sadly, it’s not accessible to everyone.

In the United States, increasing tuition, lack of government funds, lack of resources, poor conditions, and many other factors limit many people’s ability to receive a sound education. This is particularly important today because a proper education is the way forward for everyone and should be accessible for all.

As one small way to promote more opportunities in education, the Bold.org Future of Education Scholarship exists to support students who are passionate about making sure future generations have access to education. The scholarship is open to all students and non-students from any field of study.

To apply, please write about one change to education you believe would positively impact future generations.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Ambition, Selfless, Impact
Published March 24, 2022
$500
1 winner$500
In Review
Application Deadline
Jun 25, 2022
Winners Announced
Jul 25, 2022
Education Level
Any
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

What is one change that you believe would make education better for future generations? Why?

300–500 words

Winning Application

Kenneth Choi
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyBurlington, MA
From blackboards to whiteboards to smartboards, classroom education has experienced the rapid adoption of technology. During the Covid-19 pandemic, most learning across the U.S. went completely virtual, further emphasizing the importance of digital technology in education. VR and AR technologies, collectively named “XR” technology, have risen as new educational tools that allow students to travel the world—all while sitting at their desks. Using XR technology, schools could provide students with lab experiments that are too dangerous for the classroom, immerse students in affordable virtual field trips, and give students supplemental options for visual learning. Schools could provide students with XR labs that pose too much risk to be conducted physically. Some experiments are too complex or present significant danger to students, rendering them impossible to be completed in the classroom. For example, a chemistry experiment involving radioactive substances may not be a viable option for students. If schools risk performing dangerous labs in the physical classroom for higher-level classes, the consequences could be disastrous. For instance, in 2008, a technician at UCLA suffered from third-degree burns after an accident involving t-butyl lithium. By using XR technology to simulate labs, schools could minimize lab risk and provide adequate lab experiments to higher-level students without worrying about physical dangers. XR technology could also provide students with immersive experiences that are too expensive for the classroom. Many educational field trips are either too expensive or far away. For example, physics students would benefit from exploring the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle accelerator. However, LHC is located in Switzerland. Companies like Google are already working to provide schools with cheap XR technology that simulate different locations. On top of their cheap price, XR headsets are reusable. By using XR technology like Google Expeditions to simulate field trips from the classroom, schools would make immersive field trips more accessible and cheaper. On the student level, schools could supply XR technology to each class as a supplemental option for visual learners. Current learning is biased towards those who can best retain facts when overloaded with information. Many students, including me, find themselves stuck in a static, lecture-based learning environment. As a visual learner, I retain information much more effectively with hands-on experiences such as maker space labs or chemistry flame experiments, which XR technology can simulate. XR technology solves this issue by catering to students with different learning styles. For example, PraxiLabs designs activities that suit multiple learning styles and provides students with study aids. By providing students with an optional XR supplement in each class, schools would help all students learn more equally and effectively. Schools could utilize XR technology to let students conduct dangerous lab experiments, go on virtual field trips, learn practical skills through immersive experiences, and use an effective learning supplement for visual learning. The classroom relies on the adoption of digital technology to function and evolve. The adoption of XR technology at schools will provide students with a more hands-on and effective learning experience than ever before.

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The application deadline is Jun 25, 2022. Winners will be announced on Jul 25, 2022.

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