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CIS Ontario Future Design Prize

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MaRS Discovery District

101 College Street

Toronto, ON M5G 1L7


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**Note to schools - we are at capacity for Monday, April 24th, so we have opened a second day for the event and we will hold the competition in two rounds. Day 2 will take place on April 26th. Click HERE to register.

CIS Ontario and Future Design School Present the Future Design Prize

An opportunity for Middle School students to design solutions to a real-world challenge and pitch their solutions in a competition with other CIS Ontario Schools at MaRS Discovery District. Note this is ONLY open to CIS Ontario Member Schools.

How might we empower students to solve the world’s big problems?

In our rapidly-changing world, students increasingly need to be creative, curious, empathetic, and resilient. The Future Design Prize introduces middle school students to design thinking and innovative problem-solving methods that foster critical thinking and compassion.

The one day event includes a design thinking workshop for students and teachers, an action-packed day of designing solutions, and an exciting final “pitch” of solutions to a panel of expert judges.

Student teams (up to 3 students and one teacher per team) will:

  • Learn about a meaningful challenge facing the world today

  • Build empathy for people affected by the challenge

  • Develop creative ideas to solve the problem

  • Create a prototype of their solution

  • Pitch their idea to a panel of judges from some of Canada’s most innovative companies

  • Foster their creativity, pursue their curiosity and feel empowered to reshape the world around them

Teachers will:

  • Receive hands-on professional development on how to apply design thinking tools and methods to enhance student learning - teachers learn by doing while participating on a team with students!

  • Get access to the Future Design School app, which includes plug-and-play lessons, videos, handouts and resources to empower students on their innovation journey

  • Access curated content from users who face the challenge in the real world

  • Take students on a field trip that meets Ontario and MYP curriculum expectations

  • Develop skills in creating hands-on, project-based, personalized learning experiences for students

Registration Fees:

$149 per team - includes one team of up to 3 students and 1 teacher. Each school may submit up to two teams. The teachers work together with the students as part of a team, so one teacher per team is required.

Questions? Contact Leslie McBeth at

About Future Design School:

Future Design School provides world-class education programs that empower student creativity. We enable educators to deliver personalized, inquiry-led, project-based, cross-curricular & inspirational programming.

About CIS Ontario:

The Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS Ontario) is an association of independent schools located in Ontario, Canada. CIS Ontario has 47 member schools with founding dates from 1829 through to 2002. Our schools collectively educate approximately 25,000 students and employ 4,300 staff.

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