New Futures Invention Project

Description

The New Futures Invention Project is worth 20% of your total grade:
This project is in two parts, in the first you provide a written narrative of a  future world of your own invention, and in the second part, you design and build a three-dimensional model of a technology or technological object that helps the future you envision survive/thrive.

Goals

Upon completion of their project, students should be able to
  • 1. Recognize ways concepts of ‘the future’ participate in the production of power and identity categories
  • 2. Historicize ‘the future’ and describe ways it has changed over time 
  • 3. Apply key features of both ‘the future’ and early modern speculative fiction in your own creative writing and 3D models
  • 3. Persuade audiences of your ‘future’s’ potential

Part I Requirements

Please complete the following for full credit:

  • Drawing on Utopia, The Tempest, and/or The Blazing World for inspiration, in 5-7 pages, invent a future world that solves the problem you think most threatens the continued existence of life on Earth.
  • Your New Future must include a short Introduction that sets up the future world and how it responds to the contemporary problem. Then develop a description of at least five of the following topics/elements of your world: Government, Economy, Education, Geography, Transportation, Agriculture, Reproduction, Identity, Medicine, Sex/Gender, Marriage, Social Relationships, and/or Technology. Be sure to explain how each of these elements relate to each other. That is to say, if you have society where cars have been outlawed, for example, how does interpersonal relationships change?
  • For full credit please include your brochure/advertisement image from Blog Post 4, as well as the “blue print” from Blog Post 5. Please also include headings at the start of each new section, and any other relevant visual design to hold audience attention

Part II Requirements

Please complete the following for full credit:

Produce a model of a technological invention in your future world or an “artifact/curiosity” that represents some element of the society you have invented. The object should be small enough to fit inside a shoebox, approx. 4-6″ x 4-6.″ As we have discussed in class, the object can be 3D printed, purchased and retrofitted, or composed of other materials.   

Assessment

The New Futures Project is worth 20% of your total grade:
  • 1. Rhetorical Awareness/Stance: Does the New Futures Project address the situation (and assignment) completely? Does it diagnose a contemporary threat to continued existence of life on earth and then invent a future that solves for that problem? Does the New Futures Project include a short introduction that sets up the future world and how it responds to the contemporary problem?(20%)
  • 2.Development: Does the New Futures Project describe at least five least five topics/elements of the future world? Does the Project explain how those elements are intertwined or related to one another? (20%)
  • 3. Object: Does the New Futures Project include a 3D model of a technological invention that sustains your future world, or an “artifact/curiosity” that represents some element of the society you have invented? Does the object meet the size requirements? (20%)
  • 4. Organization: Are transitions from one element of the world to another logical and clearly marked? Is there a conclusion? (20%)
  • 5. Design for Medium: Does the New Futures Project (written and visual) use the affordances of its mode to enhance the goal/content? (10%)
  • 6. Process: Does the New Futures Project demonstrate that the author planned the project through drafting, feedback, and revision? (5%)
  • 7. Conventions: Does the New Futures Project meet grammar, mechanics style, and syntax conventions with few or no errors? (5%)