OF THE FUTURE
What's your vision for the community of the future?
Design and create a community of the future, or solve a real world problem facing our Atlantic Canadian Communities, by using your innovation and creativity! We ask that you consider your community, its place in the world, and the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals while problem solving.
Please read through this web page for some ideas and resources on how to get started, including design and planning guides. We can help provide support when needed, including some materials, but don't forget to register!
Goal of the Community of the Future Innovation Challenge
Create a community of the future or solve a real world problem facing your community and the planet! We want you to find innovative ways to create solutions for our communities of the future, or part of it, while taking into consideration the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
WHAT MAKES A COMMUNITY NOW, AND IN THE FUTURE?
What problems do we see in existing communities?
How do we create sustainable and livable communities?
How will we address sustainable growth?
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?
How will technology be used to help improve certain processes and services?
How do we retain our cultural identify as Atlantic Canadians and create places to live for people of all ages, abilities and incomes?
Can we create more efficient ways of creating renewable energy so electric vehicles don't cause disruptions in our power grids?
ACCESS TO WATER
ROADS & HIGHWAYS
MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
GREEN SPACE & DENSITY
SPORTS & HEALTH
GARBAGE & RECYCLING
OCEANS & RIVERS
CLEAN & RENEWABLE ENERGY
RELIANCE ON FOSSIL FUELS
Engineer the Future...
You can build an entire community, a section only, or choose a problem facing your community that you're passionate about and help solve it!
Your solution must represent a problem facing Atlantic Canadian Communities, and using design thinking and the engineering design process you should ideate, validate, plan, prototype, test, and iterate your solution so it can be as useful as possible! Documenting the entire process is an important part of the journey. and in addition to your prototype or physical project, a design brief or video is encouraged so you can share with others all your hard work!
NEED SOME PLANNING HELP? PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT OUR PLANNING GUIDES!
Classroom Project Planning Guides
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.
As your community comes to life we want you to tell it's story.
Society and communities around the world, and throughout Atlantic Canada, are constantly changing. As your community of the future comes to life, we want you to help 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 story and your vision. As part of the sharing process, please keep a journal, design brief, or record a video to help share its story.
YOUR STUDENTS AS COMMUNITY
PLANNERS OF THE FUTURE.
The future of Atlantic Canada is becoming increasingly creative and innovative! Through the widespread adoption of maker centered learning and creative pedagogy, students in our classrooms are learning 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 world today and into the future.
Since 2014, Brilliant Labs has supported thousands of projects, thousands of teachers, and provided over 450,000 student supports to engage, inspire and empower students to create and innovate, design, explore, learn, problem solve and develop new digital skills and competencies.
In doing so, youth are empowered to "make" an impact by addressing urgent needs in their school and community as they integrate new technologies with familiar materials, while building authentic solutions to real problems.
Middle School Student Beth
develops a prototype and earns a provisional patent for helping to provide safety for cyclists with a 1 metre light which attaches to a bicycle so drivers can respect Ellen's law!
* Optional for classrooms developing an entire community of the future!
Your community design is only one of multiple submissions from across Atlantic Canada. In May, Brilliant Labs will host a MakerFaire 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.labs on Instagram
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.