Canadian soccer star helps crown Canada's education champs

TORONTO, June 10, 2015 /CNW/ - With the help of Canadian soccer star Christine Sinclair, the CST Inspired Minds Learning Project announced its 2015 winners today.

"I am thrilled to be supporting the CST Inspired Minds Learning Project," said Sinclair, a CST Inspired Minds ambassador and judge of the competition.

These winners represent the 15 most innovative educational programs both in and out of the classroom in Canada.  Unique ideas chosen from over 260 submissions from across the country.

Imagine an elementary school classroom with deskcycles and pogo desks to improve student learning.  Another school plans to create a symphony with iPads to replace old and worn instruments.  Joe Grabowski, a Guelph science and math teacher is a three time winner.  An education innovator who takes his grade 6 and grade 8 students deep sea diving in exotic lands or on expeditions with researchers around the world – without even leaving the classroom. 

"Over 12 thousand children will benefit from this year's winning programs that will receive a total of $250,000 in funding to support these one of a kind learning experiences." said Martha Turner Vice-President of Marketing at CST Consultants Inc.

"It feels great to be able to help Canadian not-for-profits and schools fund educational programs for children. The learning experience is so much more than what happens in the classroom, and there are many valuable lessons that can be learned when exploring important areas like health and wellness," said Sinclair.

List of 2015 CST Learning Project Winners

Canada's top picks!

  1. Butterfly Effect (Langley BC)
  2. Scientists in School (Toronto, On) and Change the life of a girl who has experienced trauma and abuse...help us build a camp! (Toronto, On)
  3. Question. Explore. Conserve. (Guelph, On) and Nature Nurtures Healthy Children

Judge's Picks!

Health and Well Being  Team Canada Soccer – Captain, Christine Sinclair
Kinesthetic Kids (GTA)
Triumphant Kids Sustainability (PEI)

Express Yourself – Cityline host, Tracy Moore
The Rawlinson Electric iPad Symphony (Toronto)
Project Kids/Cameras (Toronto)

Puzzles and Experiments - Helen Papagiannis – world authority, Augmented Reality
Aha! Now I get it! (Sherbrooke, Quebec)
Projet TAO Project (Montreal, Quebec)

Great Outdoors - Dave Webb – Editor, Explore Magazine
Connecting Kids with Conservation (Lindsay, ON)
Explore the Elements (Durham)

Globalization - CST Employee, Wendy Johnston
Treasure Box Braille Learning System (GTA)
DeforestACTION (Edmonton)

About CST Learning Project 
The CST Learning Project is a competition that is hosted by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation as part of the CST Inspired Minds project, which also includes Careers 2030, a digital job fair for the future.  The annual competition awards a total of up to $250,000 in prizes to not-for-profit organizations with ideas that advance children's learning in communities across Canada.  These community-based learning activities are essential to the well-being and development of children ages 0-17 years.  There are potentially up to 36 prizes to be given away throughout the competition.  To learn more about the competition timelines, rules and to submit an idea, visit http://learningproject.cst.org/ today! 

About CST
The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that has been helping families save for post-secondary education for over fifty years. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Foundation, C.S.T. Consultants Inc. (CST) is the distributor and fund manager of the Canadian Scholarship Trust Plans.

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