The CST Inspired Minds Learning Project on Friday announced its 2016 winners, with the help of Astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield, Olympian Jon Montgomery, TV Host Ben Mulroney and Toronto’s Choir!Choir!Choir!
“I am proud to be supporting the CST Inspired Minds Learning Project,” said Ben Mulroney, Anchor of CTV’sEtalk and a CST Learning Project judge. “It has been an incredible experience reviewing such creative ideas from across the country woven together with a common goal in mind, to help children learn.”
The CST Learning Project winners represent the top six innovative learning ideas in Canada chosen from more than 270 submissions from communities and organizations across the country.
The $100,000 grand prize winning project, “Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants!” sends students on adventures to explore ocean floors or mountain ranges and beyond without leaving their desks through the use of technology. It also gives back to the scientists and explorers to continue their research.
Other innovative ideas include a group of Ontario teens who are creating a new way to teach children with vision loss how to read. Another empowers youth in British Columbia with hands-on experience and knowledge of local agriculture.
“These unique winning ideas will receive a total of $250,000 in funding,” said Peter Lewis, Vice-President of the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation. “The CST Inspired Minds Learning Project is all about supporting innovative learning and development ideas in the lives of Canadian children.”
“These incredible ideas blew us away,” said Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman of Choir!Choir!Choir, “It’s fantastic to see students have the opportunity to learn by experiencing programs inside and outside of the classroom. Truly innovative ideas and great lessons to learn.”
There is also a crowdfunding opportunity for CST Learning Project ideas which begins on June 6, 2016. For more information go to learningproject.cst.org
2016 CST Learning Project Large Project Winners
- $100,000 Grand prize winner: Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants – Guelph, ON
- $50,000 Second prize winner: Treasure Box Braille Learning System – Aurora, ON
- $25,000 Third prize winner: Sardis Secondary School Farm – Chilliwack, BC
2016 CST Learning Project Small Project Winners
- $20,000 First prize winner: Mécano-Vélo – Granby, QC
- $10,000 Second prize winner: The INSPIRE Project – Langley, BC
- $5,000 Third prize winner: Nurturing Nature, Growing Minds – Richmond, BC
About CST Inspired Minds Learning Project
The CST Learning Project is a competition that is hosted by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation as part of the CST Inspired Minds project, which also includes Careers 2030, a digital job fair for the future. The annual competition awards a total of up to $250,000 in prizes to not-for-profit organizations with ideas that advance children’s learning in communities across Canada. These community-based learning activities are essential to the well-being and development of children ages 0-17 years.
The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that has been helping families save for post-secondary education for over fifty years. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Foundation, CST Consultants Inc (CST) is the distributor and fund manager of the Canadian Scholarship Trust Plans. CNW