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January 20, 2022

Expanding innovation education to young learners

by Debra D. Kerby, President & CEO

The new Investigate! Invent! Innovate! for Grades 1 to 8 – Optimized for virtual classrooms!

The past two years have been a crucible of innovation, creativity and change for all of us. Perhaps that’s why, at the start of 2022, it gives me such great excitement to announce the launch of the new Investigate! Invent! Innovate! (I3) program – a cornerstone of our inclusive innovation education suite and a product of many voices, many areas of expertise, and many lived experiences, including a new significant, strategic funding partnership with Spin Master.

Spin Master is an exciting Canadian innovation success story with the compelling vision to “reimagine where imagination can take us.” We are proud to be partnering with Spin Master over the next three years to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovation leaders. Founded in Canada in 1994 by childhood friends and university classmates, Spin Master has created award-winning brands that entertain and inspire play, creativity and innovation in children and families.

Spin Master and TLP are deeply mission-aligned, as they seek to create magical experiences for kids and we seek strategic partners who will join us to inspire and equip today’s young learners to become tomorrow’s problem-solvers and change makers.

We are so thrilled to collaborate with Spin Master as I3 Lead National Partner to take the program to a new level. Spin Master is also presenting sponsor of The Learning Partnership’s National Invention Convention 2022-2024 – held in May this year, it is an opportunity to connect students with diverse corporate volunteers including Spin Master employees!

Spin Master’s support will be instrumental in empowering tens of thousands more students to learn valuable STEAM/STEM skills and global competencies including creativity, innovation and problem-solving. Their support has already enabled:
  • Expansion of programming to younger students – I3 now offers options for students and teachers from Grades 1 through 8 via two streams (Grades 1 – 5 and Grades 6 – 8) of experiential, project-based learning
  • Greater focus on STEAM/STEM-aligned learning and cultivation of crucial 21st century skills with new tools for students and educators to support the development of global competencies
  • Support for teacher training across Canada to reach 100,000 students over three years including:
    • enhanced online (pre-recorded and live) training, in both English and French, available at no cost to teachers in publicly-funded schools
    • a new set of comprehensive lesson plans with curriculum connections, and
    • a new student toolkit with a Global Competency Reflection Journal that deepens learning of the six global competencies
I would like to give a very special shout out here to Vicky Brady, our educational training consultant who redesigned I3’s Grade 6-8 curriculum, educator training and introduced the Global Competency Reflection Journal, and to Logics Academy, our curriculum and training partner who designed the Grade 1-5 curriculum and educator training.

I3 continues to offer students and educators a flexible, engaging, provincial curricula-aligned program, optimized for virtual classrooms, that addresses the opportunity gaps and learning disruptions that have been so pronounced during the pandemic especially for students in underserved communities.
To learn more about how this program fits with your teaching or philanthropy goals, visit I3 at https://www.thelearningpartnership.ca/programs/investigate-invent-innovate.
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