Don't miss out... join us for the 2nd Annual CIS Ontario & Future Design School
Future Prize Challenge for Middle School 2018
Grades 6 -8
Future Prize is a design thinking challenge for Middle School students in Grades 6-8 to find solutions to a real-world challenge and pitch their ideas in a competition with other CIS Ontario Schools. It is also a powerful Professional Learning opportunity for teachers, who can in turn mount a similar challenge back at their own schools.
How might we empower students to solve the world's big problems?
In our rapidly-changing world, students increasingly need to be creative, curious, empathetic, and resilient. The Future Design Prize introduces middle school students to design thinking and innovative problem-solving methods that foster critical thinking and compassion.
The event includes a design thinking workshop for teams of students and teachers, an action-packed day of designing solutions, and an exciting final "pitch" of solutions to a panel of expert judges.
An exciting addition to this year's program will be a day of Professional Learning, scheduled for January 12th, 2018, for all teachers who will be joining students for the Future Prize Day at the MaRS Discovery District.
Teacher Coach Professional Learning Day
Friday, January 12, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
MaRS Discovery District
CIS Ontario Future Prize Challenge Day
Grades 6-8 Students
Friday, February 2, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Weston Hall, Preparatory School
Student teams (up to 3 students and one teacher per team) will:
- Learn about a meaningful challenge facing the world today
- Build empathy for people affected by the challenge
- Develop creative ideas to solve the problem
- Create a prototype of their solution
- Pitch their idea to a panel of judges from some of Canada's most innovative companies
- Foster their creativity, pursue their curiosity and feel empowered to reshape the world around them
Teacher Coaches will:
- Receive hands-on professional development on how to apply design thinking tools and methods to enhance student learning - teachers learn by doing while participating on a team with students, as well as attending a PD day dedicated to helping them understand the process so that they can effectively coach their teams.
- Access curated content from users who face the challenge in the real world
- Take students on a field trip that meets Ontario and MYP curriculum expectations
- Develop skills in creating hands-on, project-based, personalized learning experiences for students
Registration Fees: $500 per team - includes the teacher coach Professional Learning Day AND one day of competition for a school team of 3 students in Grades 6-8 ONLY and 1 teacher. Lunch will be provided on both days for participants. Each school may submit one team. If space allows, more teams per school may be added. The teachers work together with the students as part of a team, so one teacher coach per team is REQUIRED.
To participate, please register the Teacher Coach. Students will be registered at or after the January 12, 2018 Professional Learning Day.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Sarah Craig, Executive Director, CIS Ontario at firstname.lastname@example.org