Brilliance Abounds This Holiday Season

Snow may be falling and the days may be getting shorter, but with the new Brilliant Holiday Innovation Challenge you and your class can jump start your creativity just in time for the holiday season.


For an added holiday sparkle to your favourite hat, scarf, or hair accessory try adding some wearable technology! 


The “ugly” holiday sweater has become a classic tradition for many. Why not take it up a notch and design your own awesome holiday wear by adding wearable electronics, including micro controllers, LEDs, accelerometers, and more?


Want to try something simple? Paper circuits are an easy (and cheap) way to make your season merry and bright! There's nothing like receiving a handmade card...that lights up! All you need is some cardstock, copper tape, LEDs, and a coin cell battery... and a little imagination! There are many simple circuit designs that can be found online to help get you started.


Want to have the most eye-catching tree ornament? Flex your artistic side by designing and 3D printing one that fits over a tree light!


The holidays are a time for celebration and spending quality time with family and friends inside and outside the classroom. What better way to show your holiday pride then making your own Brilliant Holiday decorations? Use your imagination to put your own stamp on this challenge!

Goal of the Challenge

Each family and community celebrates the holidays in a different way, with their own unique traditions. Think about what makes the holidays special for you! Maybe it is holiday cookies, or making snowmen in the backyard, or decorating your house in a festive way. Whatever it is try to incorporate your personality into your Brilliant Holiday project. Some questions we asked ourselves include:

  • What does my school/community/family do that makes the holidays feel special?

  • How do different cultures celebrate the holidays?

  • Learn about Christmas Cultures around the world here.  

  • What equipment or supplies do I have at home or at school that would make a cool holiday project?

  • Do I want to make something for myself to wear, or a holiday decoration?

  • Can I work together with friends or classmates to make an even better project?

Holiday Maker Inspiration

There are lots of ways to participate in this challenge whether you are in the classroom or at home on break. Explore different ideas, craft supplies, and technology to represent your own take on the holiday season. Handmade gifts, clothing, and decorations add that extra special touch to a season that is already filled with fun festivities. We’ve put together a list of projects that might spark your creativity. Check them out and get inspired to make your very own Brilliant Holiday Wear!

Holiday Maker Inspiration
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Visit these project links to find fun maker projects: 

The projects range from simple to highly involved and complex, with 3D printing and laser cutting featuring prominently in many of them – the emphasis, as always, is on digital fabrication. Regardless of the difficulty level, these are projects that should engage both kids and adults. They’re not your typical Christmas crafts.

Share Your Ideas and Start New Holiday Traditions

We want to see all of our Brilliant ideas and creations! Send us a short video explaining your project, or pictures of your innovative designs. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #BrilliantHolidayChallenge and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The deadline to submit is December 31st, 2020.

This would be a great Hour of Code and Canada Learning To Code project too!  Looking for help or funding?

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