Future Prize for Middle School

How can newcomers to Canada make sense of Toronto’s public transportation system? Is there an “app” to banish social anxiety? These are just two of the important issues recently tackled as part of the Future Prize Challenge.

Co-hosted by CIS Ontario and the Future Design School, this design-thinking competition for Middle School students (Grades 6 to 8) empowers them to find technology-based solutions to pressing real-world problems.

The two-day event involves, first, a professional development opportunity for educators to learn the ins and outs of design-thinking methodology. Then, each one returns to 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.

Future Prize Challenge 2023

Future Prize Challenge Day 2023 was held on March 3rd at Upper Canada College with 26 teams of middle school students from 14 CIS Ontario schools in attendance. It was a day filled with curiousity, problem-solving, teamwork, creative thinking & innovative solutions. The event included a design thinking workshop for students and teachers, an action-packed day of creating solutions, and an exciting final “pitch” to a panel of expert judges. Congratulations to the Havergal College student team that won the trophy this year.

Future Design School – The Future of Education Report

What does the Future of Education hold? The Future of Education Report uncovers the defining opportunities shaping K-12 education. Access your free digital copy here.

First page of the PDF file: TheFutureofEducationReport2022_Digital
Future Design School
CIS Ontario Future Prize 2023


Sandra Nagy
Director of Learning
Future Design School

Leslie McBeth
Director of Professional Development
Future Design School

For additional information, please contact:
Sheri Little
Executive Assistant/ Event Manager

Empowering students to solve big, world problems may sound like an overwhelming task. The Future Prize Challenge equips educators and students alike, with a powerful method of collaboration intended to do just that.

CIS Ontario Future Prize for Middle School