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Future Prize Challenge for Middle School 2019
Posted 12/05/2018 02:36PM

Grades 6 -8

Future Design School


Future Prize is an opportunity for Middle School students in Grades 6-8 to design solutions to a real-world challenge and pitch their solutions in a competition with other CIS Ontario 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 Prize Challenge 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 opportunity for participating teachers is a full day of Professional Learning, scheduled for January 11th, 2019. This day is for all teachers who will be joining students for the Future Prize Challenge Day.


Teacher Coach Professional Learning Day

Friday, January 11, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location TBC


CIS Ontario Future Prize Challenge Day

Grades 6-8 Students

Thursday, January 31, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Upper Canada College

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, a second team per school may be added. Teachers work alongside 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 11, 2019 Professional Learning Day. Registration sold out very quickly last year so don't delay!



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