Even when there is no Tomorrow Project competition open, we encourage teachers and students to take advantage of the creative resources on this site! Below is a step-by-step guide that will help you explore the kind of future you want to build. This is where science and imagination meet. Please join the conversation! Contact us if you have ideas for other classroom activities and we’ll post them on the site!
Creating a Science Fiction Prototype:
STEP 1. Build the World
Pick a person, place and a date. A good starting point is to pick a date that is far enough out that it is just on the other side of plausibility. You can get yourself almost 90% of the way there from current science “fact,” but you must push yourself further into “fiction.” Now that you have your person, place and time, you’ve begun building your science fiction world.
STEP 2. Insert Technology Inflection Point
Now you need to figure the plot/conflict of your story. Another good starting point is to choose a piece of technology that you are worried or excited about—something that you want to explore—that brings up the problem, the inflection point. Something happens that substantiates worry or concern.
STEP 3. Explore the Ramifications
What are the ramifications? You have a person and a place; they must have a family, a place to live. Something must have happened that caused problems. What happens to them? What happens to where they live? What happens to their family? What happens to the societal structure? Legally, ethically, etc. Begin to experiment and really prototype what happened.
STEP 4. Insert Human Inflection Point
Within those ramifications, something changes. It is usually within the main character(s); they adapt, they make a decision, they change as a part of the ramifications from the first inflection point.
STEP 5. Reveal What We Learned
In the final section of the story, we begin to explore how that character or how the world has changed. What did we learn from this journey? In science fiction prototyping, they’ve changed due to how they react or interact with the science and the technologies presented within the story.
Share Your Story, Illustration or Video!
Now complete your basic Science Fiction Prototype to create a future you envision! Edit thoughtfully, or ask a parent, teacher, or friend to lend some constructive criticism. Share your creative work with friends and family or via social media. Be sure to check this site often to learn about upcoming competitions for a chance to participate and win!
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