A programming class that nurtures the next generation of "living power"

Play! Genius Programming SchoolStudy Contents

  1. Abilities that
    children can gain
  2. Why "Play!"
  3. What’s the STEAM
    learning program?
  4. What is a
    next-generation education?
  5. Study materials

What is a next-generation education that develops new skills required in 2030?

Let’s foster talents with specialties in math, science and fine art.

Based on investigations by Nomura Research Institute in 2015, there is a high possibility that jobs engaged in by 49% of the current working population would be replaced by AI or robots in the next 10 to 20 years.

Characteristics of people that are desired by society have been changing due to evolutions within the realms of Science and Technology. We are facing shortages of engineers (people of math and science) and designers (people of fine art), and there is increasing momentum for the necessity of fostering talents who have a strength in math, science and fine art.

"White collar workers will be replaced by AI or robots in the next 10 to 20 years. "Nomura Research Institute 2015

Evolution from white collar workers to knowledge workers.

Most routine work that white collar workers in developed nations are engaged in now are being taken by workers in Asian countries where labor cost is cheaper. Therefore, white collar workers need to evolve to knowledge workers and develop new skills.

In the not so distant past, many blue collar jobs were replaced by robots. White collar workers are gradually being affected by the same phenomenon. We are fast approaching an era where white collar jobs could become obsolete unless workers learn skills that cannot be replaced by computers.

"Evolution from "left-brain thinking" to "right-brain thinking," by Daniel H. Pink, a speech writer of former Vice President Al Gore.

Characteristics of right-brain thinking that are driving the new era

Left-brain skills that led "the Information Technology era" from the past decades are still necessary today, but that is no longer enough to succeed. Specialties in "right-brain" skills such as creativity, empathy, joy and significance will also be key elements in the future.

Abilities driving in the new era are generated primarily through these right-brain skills. The two skills most necessary for right-brain thinking are "high-concept" and "high-touch."

High-concept(general creativity)

  • Ability to find regularity.
  • Ability to find an opportunity.
  • Ability to generate beauty that is both artistic and appealing to people’s emotion
  • Ability to convince people.
  • Ability to combine seemingly disparate concepts to create something new.

High touch(communication skills)

  • Ability to create a new framework or a new concept by putting together disparate concepts on the surface.
  • Ability to sense subtleties in human relationships.
  • Ability to create artistic and emotional beauty.
  • Ability to find joy and help others find joy.
  • Ability to pursue the purpose and significance of everyday events.

Creativity cultivated from failures

What is needed for children living in the AI era is an accurate learning method. Through repeated trial and error, ideas are born while finding your own answers from mistakes, and "creative thinking" is nurtured.

Repeating trial and error, or "failure", is an important essence in STEAM learning. In a world where each person gives a different answer, it is important to make and learn from many mistakes in order to succeed in the future.

The more failures children experience in their young age, the more chances they can have to challenge and grow. Subsequently, the more challenges children can do, the more successes they can achieve.

Children nurture non-cognitive skills such as "making efforts toward a goal", "building good relationships with other people" and "controlling self-emotion" by experiencing many failures in their youth, which can be cultivated into enjoyment of failure by working towards future success.

In addition, although logical thinking skills are developed by exercise of building things in an orderly fashion such as with coding, with "Play! Genius programming school", we shift the focus to "sense" and "sensitivity" which can help decide how to express the best outcomes.

Human’s creativity is generally expressed through "Art", which is to think of "what doesn’t exist" now, and then to create it. Our 21st century learning program provides children with opportunities to learn "Art" and to develop their sensitivity through collaboration in group work.