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May 21, 2020

The GIFT of inspiration

More than 100 presenters from 17 countries from Indonesia to India, Ghana to Mexico, China to Chile, the UAE, U.K. and U.S. – and of course Canada – participated in the first-ever Global Innovation Field Trip (GIFT) held online May 14 to 15, 2020.
The multi-country collaboration offered a venue for innovators age 7 and up to share their ideas and get feedback from educators and established innovators. The Learning Partnership was able to offer twelve spots to students and educators. Student teams showcased their in-progress creations developed as part of the work still underway through the Investigate! Invent! Innovate! (I3), Entrepreneurial Adventure and Coding Quest programs.
During what has been a disrupted school year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, GIFT was a true gift: one of connection, collaboration and celebration. Here are just a few of the highlights. (Scroll to bottom for descriptions and links to all 12 presentations)
Eco Bin
Presenters: Ruby and Madeleine
Grade 7
Ruby and Madeleine’s invention separates the garbage from the recycling, solving the problem of careless sorting that leads to contaminated recycling. Developed as part of the I3 program, their design includes a platform where people place their garbage and a scanner that identifies what goes where.
Careers in Skilled Trades
Presenter: Nicole Hamilton
Skills/Compétences Canada, Nova Scotia
As a representative of Skills/Compétences Canada National Alumni Committee, Nicole promoted careers in skilled trades for youth by speaking about her career in automobile painting, an interest she discovered in high school. She also spoke about her involvement in skills competitions since 2014, first as a competitor then as a judge.

Teaching Coding
Presenter: Jennifer Perry
Grade 4 Teacher, Calgary, AB
Jen was thrilled to share her experience as an educator who has incorporated Coding Quest, Canada’s largest classroom based coding program, into her class curriculum. Jen shared how she was first inspired to use coding as a teaching tool after a reluctant learner showed an impressive game he built using Scratch. After this experience, she looked to embed coding and technology into her teaching practice in a meaningful way. Jen shared the positive impact coding has had on her and her students.
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Zen Box
Presenters: Alba and Rachel
A personalized box that stimulates the senses, promotes mindfulness and alleviates stress.
Team Sporty Stories
Presenters: Addie and Khloe
Custom stuffies, DIY sports jerseys and a Choose Your Own Adventure story that promote sports and the right to play
Team Bright Thinkers
Presenters: Eva and Malyk
Wood-framed lantern that can be customized and is accompanied by an online game that raises awareness about the importance of access to light.
Applying Problem-solving Daily
Presenter: Britnee Mishak
Skills/Compétences Canada, Saskatchewan
Britnee shares her career trajectory as a graphic designer including her participation in Skills Canada’s provincial skills competition, the Essential Skills Youth Forum, and the Canada 150 initiative.
Team Green Scene
Presenters: Samira and Sparrow
Planters for community gardens and a Virtual Reality World for customers to experience the process of pollination and understand the importance of pollinators.
Team Buzz On
Presenters: Mimi and Jasper
An immersive customer experience that links the purchase of eco-friendly products (honey, homemade soap and plantable bookmarks) to the importance of saving bees.
Innovating Education for the Future
Presenter: Tricia Berry & Ross Leadbetter
Department of Education & Early Childhood Development, New Brunswick
Tricia discusses innovation, collaboration and future-ready learning using the Innovate! Invent! Investigate! (I3) program and customized knowledge frameworks.
Team Inspiration Nation
Presenters: Jack and Sophia
Handmade bookmarks, light-up postcards and heart-shaped molds motivate and support customers’ health and well-being during these unprecedented times.
Team Game On
Presenters: Tabitha and Sawyer
Have fun while learning! A variety of games are designed to help others learn about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the WE.org.
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