Future Prize Faculty Prep Days

Co-hosted by CIS Ontario and the Future Design School, the Future Prize for Middle School is a design-thinking competition for students in grades 6 to 8 which empowers them to find technology-based solutions to pressing real-world problems.

The event involves, first, a professional development opportunity for educators to learn the ins and outs of design-thinking methodology. Then, each educator returns to their school and forms a “mini-club” quartet with three students. After a month, researching an issue and conducting interviews with real potential users of an app-based solution, they all congregate for an action-packed day, including a final pitch to a team of judges.

Teachers 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!
  • Gain access to curriculum resources to support students through the process.
  • Access curated content from around the world about education challenges 
  • Take students on a field trip that meets Ontario and MYP curriculum expectations.
  • Develop skills in creating hands-on, project-based, personalized learning experiences.

The 2024 Future Prize Faculty Prep Days occur on 

  • January 15, 2025, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., in-person, hosted by a member school, and 
  • online via Zoom on January 22, 2025, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Future Prize for Middle School Challenge Day for students will be held on Friday, February 7, 2025 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Upper Canada College.

Learn about the Future Prize Challenge Day, watch the video below:

Future Design School – The Future of Education Report

What does the Future of Education hold? The Future of Education Report from Future Design School uncovers the defining opportunities shaping K-12 education.

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