Innovation Gala & Bliss Carman Maker Faire
On May 9th, students and teachers from across New Brunswick took part in a day of
Bliss Carman Middle School in Fredericton hosted a Day of Celebration and Innovation with a student-lead Maker Faire that was followed by an evening of Innovation in Education Gala.
The Maker Faire was planned and hosted by students for an entrepreneurial project that not only taught how to organize such a large event with dozens of peer exhibitors, while opening the doors to the public to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. In addition to planning the event, the grade seven organizing class offered workshops (including Learn to Solder, The Art of 3D Design & Robotic Coding) as well as selling original products that they made. “Our goal was to educate the local community about Maker Education and the innovative practices of students, thereby facilitating further growth in this movement.” Mrs. Natasha Lingley, Grade 7 Math & Science teacher at Bliss Carman Middle School.
Maker Education is closely associated with STEAM learning, which is an approach that
Brilliant Labs advocates to teach students problem-solving and project-based learning. “The Bliss Carman Maker Faire not only exhibited the hands-on approach of learning-by-doing, but was a great example of how students can be social entrepreneurs as they are working to solve real-world problems.” Mr. Jeff Willson, Executive Director, Brilliant Labs, “Our goal is to give teachers and students the tools they need to be innovative.For the past three years we have seen how teachers and students are disrupting traditional education practices and embracing innovation through Maker Education. Whether it’s measuring air quality through class designed tupperware instruments, monitoring fish behaviour in the Miramichi River, or inventing tools to help people with special needs -- students are finding real solutions for real-life problems and it’s time we celebrate these change makers.”
The Innovation in Education Gala followed the Maker Faire. Brilliant Labs and its collaborative partners welcomed community and innovation leaders who helped celebrate New Brunswick’s evening of innovation in education. There were more than 20 teachers & students honoured. Some received special recognition from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick for Inspirational STEM Teachers.
On behalf of Brilliant Labs, PAC, and the Department of Education, NB, we would like to congratulate the following teachers and students for their innovative projects and inspiration to others.
La Physique Musicale
Projet Classe IPad