Welcome to the Minister’s Innovation Challenge! 


The Minister of Education and Early Child Development (EECD), in partnership with Brilliant Labs, is excited to offer the Community of the Future as the Minister’s Innovation Challenge . 


The future of Nova Scotia is becoming increasingly creative and innovative . Through the widespread adoption of maker-centred learning, students are learning how to solve the real problems that exist in our lives.  


Every day, students are finding ways to improve the quality of life in our part of the world—today and into the future. Your students’ challenge is to design and create a community of the future or solve a realworld problem facing our Nova Scotian communities by using their innovation and creativity. 


Students will need to consider their community, its place in the world, and some selected United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals. 


Working in groups of two to four, students will create a model (either physical or virtual), awareness campaign, or device for their project, as well as a one-to-three minute video to showcase their work. 


The video should include:

• the problem the students identified and how it relates to Nova Scotia, the world,  and one of the five identified UN Sustainable Development Goals 

• footage and interviews of teammates working and reflecting on the process  and progress of the project 

• the solution, what they have built, envisioned or coded (app) that will work  to solve their identified problem 

• a slide with the title of their project and names of those involved 

• copyright permission and acknowledgment for music and relevant  aspects of their project and video 


Videos should be edited and, when complete, uploaded to a shared Google Drive folder by the teacher. The link to this folder will be provided by the regional centre for education (RCE) or Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) .

One group from each RCE/CSAP will be selected to come to the finale to pitch their solutions to a panel of industry experts. Expenses associated with the finale will be covered by the EECD.

Important Dates:


May 8th – Video submitted to RCE/CSAP 

May 15th – each RCE/CSAP selects a finalist 

June 10th – Minister’s Innovation Challenge Finale at The Discovery Centre in Halifax

To help you prepare for this Innovation Challenge we have prepared a guide for you and your students.  Download it below to get started and reach out to us if you need any support with guidance, tech integration support, or materials by emailing info@brilliantlabs.ca