The future of Atlantic Canada is becoming increasingly creative. Through the widespread adoption of the creative philosophy and innovative pedagogy, students in our classrooms learn how to solve the real problems that exist in our lives.
Every day, students are finding tangible ways to improve the quality of life in our part of the country today and in the future.

Since 2014, Brilliant Labs has supported more than 401,862 projects to engage, inspire and empower students to create and innovate, design, explore, learn, problem solve and develop their computational thinking.

In doing so, youth are empowered to "make" an impact by addressing urgent needs in their school and community. This impact has been achieved, literally, by applying the pedagogical philosophy of creative & maker centered learning - 'creative or maker centered education', in which students integrate new technologies with familiar materials, while building authentic solutions to real problems.


Goal of Challenge

Create a community of the future! We want you to find innovative ways to create a community of the future or part of it while taking into account the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

Ask how you can get a b.Board for your class project. 

  • What problems do we see in existing communities?

  • How do we create sustainable and livable communities?

  • How will aging demographics affect your community of the future?

  • How can we reduce energy consumption, landfill waste, and carbon emissions?

  • Can we create a climate positive neighbourhood with attention to things like all-weather infrastructure?

  • How will technology be used to help improve certain processes?

  • How do we retain our cultural identify as Atlantic Canadians and create places to live for people of all ages, abilities and incomes?

Find innovative ways to integrate the Brilliant Labs b.Board! 

Design and create a community of the future! We provide materials to help you, but don't forget to register. You can use any materials for your community. Your class can have limited technology, relying on cardboard and craft supplies, or focus on advanced technology to automate parts of your community.

Before you begin, it is important that you and your students consider and discuss the following points:

Your Challenge

Your Challenge


  • Each community will measure a maximum of 10ft x 10ft. 


  • The entire surface area must be accounted for in your community design.


  • Get creative with the arrangement of your community. 


  • Utilize your grid to plan for roads, blocks, green space, water systems etc (maximum of 10ft x 10ft).


  • Community blocks can be arranged in any way within the your area.


  • Must be a community in Atlantic Canada (e.g.: Our communities are not gigantic, we depend on natural resources, we all face similar environmental issues, but also face unique challenges).


One possible scenario for your community arrangement is found below. Notice how the grey tiles represent community blocks. The rest of the space is open for your interpretation and should be guided by student conversations. 


Please note, the categories in the legend below only pertain to this particular scenario. Who knows what your students will come up with. 


As your community comes to life we want you to tell it's story. 

s your community comes to life, we want you to tell its story. We expect that a lot of creativity and imagination will go into this challenge. We are excited to see what everyone comes up with and want you to share your vision. As part of the sharing process, we ask that you submit a two- to-three-minute video narrative of the process you took to design and make your community (in both French and English if possible).

This narrative should tell the story of your community, the decisions your students have made and highlight any improvements or innovation they feel will help move their design forward into the future.

The Final Installation

Your community design is only one of multiple submissions from across Atlantic Canada. In May, Brilliant Labs will host a Maker Faire in which many students will have the opportunity to combine their community with other submissions on a gymnasium floor. 

Imagine, all of these model communities coming together to represent the Atlantic Canada of the future. 


For more information on this process, please stay up to date with @brilliant_labs on twitter and brilliant.abs on Instagram

Download Teacher's Guide

Want a printable guide to help you get started? Download The City Of The Future teacher guide here and join the hundreds of students and their teachers as they prepare to design the future. ​