XQ Super School

Reimagining the future of high schools

User research
Film
Communication design

Challenge

The Williamsburg High School of Arts and Technology in Brooklyn wanted to cultivate the next generation of computer engineers—creative, innovative thinkers with both the hard and soft skills necessary to become leaders of the future. To get there, they wanted students to become co-creators in their own education, rather than passive recipients of it, but they weren’t sure how to engage students in this way.

Outcome

To guide WHSAT’s efforts to engage students in co-creation, the Openbox team first immersed ourselves in the school, observing and interviewing students and staff. We used learnings from this round of research to design three experiments, involving real issues around the school, that would bring students and staff together as thought partners. These experiments ran live across the school for a week, exploring variables such as decision moments, roles, location, and timing. The experiment insights allowed us to develop a set of practical co-creation principles that the school can readily build upon for future co-creation activities—amplifying the equitable, arts-based, and experimental ethos of the school.

Full case study coming soon.

Reimagining the future of high schools
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XQ Super School

Reimagining the future of high schools

User research
Film
Communication design

Context

The XQ Super School Project, a national competition organized by Laurene Powell Jobs, called on the nation to reimagine and design the future high school. Together, the UKA Ventures team and our sister company, Opendox, constructed a concept called “NXU,” an innovative lab school and education platform named after the Latin word for connections, nexus.

Release

This collaboration and the resulting multimedia submission will serve as the strategic and creative foundation for NXU programming as it evolves toward development and implementation.

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