Marion County High School was one of only eight high schools in the state -- and only one of two from outside of Louisville -- to send students to IdeaFestival -- an event held at the Kentucky Center for the Arts that celebrates and highlights innovative thinking across different disciplines.
The event attracted a wide array of attendees from high schools, universities, and many from outside of education.
“This field trip was different because the whole IdeaFestival was very relaxed and allowed people to exercise their brains,” MCHS junior Marti Tungate said, who attended the trip.
Students sat in on two lectures: “The Cyberpunk Future is Coming for You” presented by mathematician and science fiction author Rudy Rucker, and “Unleashing the Power of Play” presented by psychologist and research professor Peter Gray.
“I thought [IdeaFestival] was awesome,” MCHS senior Jonathan Chesser said. “I learned a lot about how play affects the development of a child.”
On its website, IdeaFestival describes itself as “a celebration of the curious, with the goal of inspiring all people to embrace the excitement and danger of new ideas.”
“IdeaFestival was a fantastic exposure of our students to a diversity of thoughts from people all over the country,” said MCHS history teacher David Hibbard who chaperoned the trip. “The issues that were discussed have huge implications for how we as a society function and for our students to be able to think about and discuss them was truly important. Hopefully, our students can figure out how to apply what they learned to our school and community as they become the next generation of leaders.”
Watch the videos below to hear what two MCHS students thought about their time at IdeaFestival.