Innovation, Business and Rural Development
May 30, 2014

Investments in Innovation Support Youth Education

2014 Youth Innovation Project Recipients Announced

The Provincial Government is providing over $400,000 in funding to 32 schools and organizations to support youth innovation and new learning experiences throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. The Honourable Susan Sullivan, Minister of Innovation, Business and Rural Development, made the announcement this morning at Millcrest Academy in Grand Falls-Windsor.

“Our government is committed to supporting youth who represent the future leaders of Newfoundland and Labrador. Youth Innovation Projects help create an awareness of the value of innovation in the province’s resource and non-resource based industries. It is important that as a government, we provide opportunities that encourage innovation, creativity and build problem solving skills for students. I am confident that our investment of over $400,000 will increase opportunities for our young people and broaden their horizons.”
- The Honourable Susan Sullivan, Minister of Innovation, Business and Rural Development

Through this initiative, the Provincial Government is helping youth connect with technology-based opportunities that focus on innovation and creative learning. Millcrest Academy, one of the recipients of the funding, will receive nearly $15,000 to introduce a robotics program in the school. A complete list of recipients is noted in the backgrounder below.

“The funding made available to our school will make our robotics program a reality, providing our students with the tremendous opportunity to explore their own aptitude for new and emerging technologies. The robotics program will also allow our students to work with students from other schools, implementing a collaborative approach to learning, which I am sure will teach them skills that will be very useful as they continue their education.”
- Darryl Stacey, Teacher, Millcrest Academy

Youth Innovation Projects, which are funded under the Regional Development Fund, provide non-repayable contributions, up to 80 per cent of eligible project costs to a maximum of $15,000. Since 2009, the Provincial Government has invested over $2 million in 136 projects that support youth innovation.

QUICK FACTS

  • $401,377 is being provided to 32 schools and organizations to support youth innovation and new learning experiences throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Youth Innovation Projects help to create awareness among the province’s youth of the value of innovation in the province’s resource and non-resource based industries.
  • Youth Innovation Projects are funded under the Regional Development Fund and provide non-repayable contributions, up to 80 per cent of eligible project costs to a maximum of $15,000.
  • The Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development offers a wide range of services to economic development organizations. Additional information on programs can be found at: http://www.ibrd.gov.nl.ca/programs/RDF.html.

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Media contacts:

Jennifer Tulk
Director of Communications
Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development
709-729-4570, 728-4104
jennifertulk@gov.nl.ca
Maria Antle
Principal, Millcrest Academy
709-489-3805

BACKGROUNDER
2014 Youth Innovation Project Recipients

Youth Innovation projects relate to science, technology and engineering and identify opportunities in a number of strategic sectors, such as digital media, emerging technology and knowledge based-industries. The following 32 schools and organizations will receive funding that will benefit participants by increasing their opportunity to engage in technology-based educational projects.

School/Organization Project Funding
Avalon
Acreman Elementary Daily Five – students will participate in the Daily Five Language Arts program. $9,017
Amalgamated Academy Conservation and Engineering Corps – a project that will implement a conservation and engineering corps. $15,000
Baccalieu Collegiate Historical Information Communications - a partnership with communities to create a series of e-books and photo-displays with historical content. $15,000
Beachy Cove Elementary GRIT (Girls Reveling in Tech) - girls, in Grades 4 through 6, will explore science, technology, engineering and math in collaboration with each other. $7,157
Brother Rice High School Where They Once Stood - the development of an online video repository of history and traditions in Newfoundland and Labrador $15,000
Cape St. Francis Elementary Connecting Communities - a partnership with Pouch Cove, Bauline and Flatrock that will provide students with collaborative opportunities to create multi-media projects to explore and celebrate communities $14,977
Community Youth Network- Southern AvalonVisual Media Project - a project that will engage youth in technology and arts by creating a regional visual media group$5,333
Goulds ElementaryDynaVox 21 Century Learning - a project that will support the purchase of the DynaVox Xpress communication device, which will be used to help students with ASD and other learning differences to express thinking processes in Math and Science curriculum $5,876
Hazelwood Elementary iCan iDo - a literacy-based project that will introduce tablet technologies throughout all grade levels $14,627
Holy SpiritCollaborative App Development Project – students will participate in a real-world R&D project, under the mentorship of researchers, technology specialists and digital media professionals$15,000
O'Donel High SchoolCoastal Ocean Applied Science & Tech (COAST) - a project that will support student engagement in science engineering and technology with a focus on mechanics, instrumentation, electronics and other sampling technologies$15,000
Prince of Wales CollegiateReal Applications of Physics - a competition for students to use technology to solve challenges in transportation, surveying and mining using remote control drones$15,000
St. Catherine's AcademyInnovate to Excel - a project that will provide tablets to engage students in 21st Century Learning$13,841
St. Francis School Salmon Project - students will be introduced to data collection and analysis while studying life cycle of Atlantic Salmon. $15,000
St. Kevin's e-Library Project - the development of e-library project and e-tools such as tablets and other wireless devices. $13,049
St. Peter's Junior High Empowering Youth Today - a project that will promote careers in skilled trades and technology to Canadian youth through involvement with Skills Canada.$15,000
Woman in Resource Development Tech. Exploration for Girls - a two-day technology based career exploration session in July for Grade 9-12 girls. $15,000
Eastern
St. Lawrence Community Youth NetworkGEMS - Girls Exploring Marine Sciences - a project that will support The St. Lawrence Community Youth Network participation in GEMS.$9,076
St. Mark's SchoolROV Ocean Research Project - a project that will support real world application of ROV technologies.$6,500
Central
Botwood CollegiateMate ROV - a project that will support the robotics program and assist with school travel.$2,000
Helen Tulk ElementaryTechnology & Physical Ed. Integration - Students will participate in physical activities by integrating current technology and entertainment games. $15,000
Marine Institute - School Ocean TechnologyOceans Innovation 2014 Speaker Series – Students will use a TED-type talk at Junior High School in Lewisporte and will be simulcast at School in Washington DC (Hosts of Oceans 2015). $15,000
Millcrest Academy Robo E Learner - a project that will support development and implementation of a robotics program.$14,995
Valmont AcademyInSync with Youth – a project that will support the implementation of a class set of Apple iPads as well as other media equipment.$11,110
Western
JJ CurlingSpace Camp - Will support 36 Grade 6 students to attend Space Camp at the Cosmodome in Laval, Quebec.$15,000
Labrador
Southern Labrador- Strait of Belle Isle CYNGhost Walk – a project that will focus on incorporating technology into theatre productions to build IT capacity among Youth. $15,000
Pan Provincial
Association for New CanadiansNewcomer Youth Leadership Conference (CB, Western, Central) - a one-day conference to help create a pathway toward a career in sciences.$10,718
Allied Youth NLYouth Leadership Kick-off - regional chapters will network and participate in educational sessions on relevant issues facing youth today.$8,101
FIRST Technology AssociationLego League Expansion – an expansion of First Lego League (FLL) science and technology project.$15,000
Marine Institute3rd Annual Model Boat Competition - a project that will support the implementation of the 3rd Annual model boat competition for 10 schools. $15,000
Marine Institute - Ocean NetYouth and the Oceans Conference - a project that will engage over 1,000 youth, teachers in ocean research, creative art.$15,000
Women in Science and Engineering-NLWise NL Aboriginal Youth Conference - Women in Science and Engineering-NL will host the Aboriginal Youth Conference in Corner Brook and promote science and engineering careers to aboriginal communities.$15,000

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