On February 2 Mrs. Senior along with students Brooke, Anna and Shannon travelled to Upper Canada College to participate in the CIS Ontario Future Prize Challenge Day.
Future Prize is a design thinking challenge for 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. Read more here.
It was an action-packed day as 33 teams designed solutions which they then “pitched” to a panel of expert judges.
Teams were made up of a maximum of three students and one teacher. Students learn about a meaningful challenge facing the world today, develop creative ideas to solve the problem, create a prototype of their solution and pitch their idea to a panel of judges from some of Canada’s most innovative companies.
“We didn’t know what to expect going in as it was our first year participating,” Mrs. Senior shared. “Though we didn’t come back with any prizes, we did learn what to expect and will go back next year better prepared for the presentation aspect.”
Future Prize hopes that throughout the process students build empathy for people affected by the challenge, foster their creativity and feel empowered to reshape the world around them.