Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel

- Socrates -

Engines for Education is a nonprofit organization founded by Roger Schank, whose goal is to radically change our notions of school. At Engines for Education, we believe that we can replace boring and increasingly irrelevant schools with new exciting learning environments. We are attempting to change both what and how people learn. We seek to avoid traditional lecture-based formats and the usual classroom structures in favor of story-centered curricula that simulate real-life situations with meaningful goals that encourage students to explore their own interests with guidance from skilled mentors. Our theories and approaches are derived from Dr. Schank’s work at the Institute for the Learning Sciences, at Northwestern University.

K-12 Teachers: learn how to design an online course

Now offering a free online course for K-12 teachers!
We are now offering a free course for teachers on how to build a good online course. Details:
  • Starts in June
  • Three weeks long
  • Three one-hour meetings per week
  • No cost

Interested? Let us know:

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Review our catalog of courses for offerings currently available.

Contact info@engines4ed.org for more information.

Our Story

Dr. Roger Schank has devoted his career to understanding how people think and learn. In the 1970’s, as chairman of the computer science department at Yale, he focused on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, figuring out how to get computers to "learn". Around this time something happened that changed his focus permanently-- his children went to school. When Roger looked at what they were doing in school, he was appalled. Continue reading…

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Use real-world experiences to make meaningful career choices


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Engines for Education lets kids try on careers and see which ones fit. Thinking about a career in healthcare, technology or business? E4E has an experience for you. Learn more...


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