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Brilliant Labs Nurtures Creative Learning In Kids With Online Programs

HUDDLE.TODAY FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s Brilliant Labs is creating an abundance of content for utilizing technology and project-based learning to inspire children and involve the entire family during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We were trying to think outside the box a little it,” said executive director Jeff Wilson. “We know parents and teachers alike are kind of wondering, ‘hey what do we do with the kids?’”

To homeschool or not? What to do with kids at home during a pandemic

CBC NOVA SCOTIA -- 'It can be a really stressful time for the kids, too, right now, just as it is for the adults' 

With Nova Scotia's students at home, at least until April 6, many parents are wondering what to do with them.

Although it may be tempting to try homeschooling, there are other options to create structure that may be less stressful. 

This St. John’s company is making COVID-19 face shields for healthcare workers

ATLANTIC BUSINESS -- If all goes to plan, an empty warehouse in St. John’s will soon be home to a 3D printing farm producing thousands of face shields that will help protect frontline healthcare workers from contracting COVID-19.

Online Learning Content While Schools Are Closed

John Barron, NL Provincial Coordinator, speaks with VOCM in St. John's about BL free online #MakerFun #FunCreatif programming.

P.E.I. libraries make 3D printing accessible to Islanders

CBC PEI -- P.E.I.'s Public Library Service is hoping to enable Islanders of all ages to get creative with 3D printers. 

As of Friday, Islanders are able to visit public libraries in Charlottetown, Kensington, Montague, Stratford, Summerside and Tignish to use the 3D printers — for a small fee. 

To cover material costs, people will be charged a $2 service fee, plus 10 cents per gram of their finished products.

Until now, the 3D printers were only available to the public through the library's special summer programming. 

CTV Good Morning Live

In this week’s edition of Better Grades, Lorelei Burgess, Oxford Learning, shows how 3D printing is changing education in our region by visiting a Brilliant Labs' supported class at Kingswood Elementary, Hammonds Plains, N.S.

Brilliant Labs Opens Avalon Maker Space in St. John’s

A brand new drop-in space to help students learn through creation and the use of technology was officially opened this morning by Brilliant Labs.

The Avalon Maker Space is located at the English School District’s Conference Centre at 40 Strawberry Marsh Road in St. John’s.

Students put away textbooks and take out iPads for coding workshops

CBC NFLD & LABRADOR -- N.L. government says tech partnership now offering coding lessons in 65% of schools — with goal of 100% 

Sarah Morris has made a diagram of the human digestive system. Touching buttons on the diagram, which is connected to a laptop, gives viewers information about the different parts of the system — and its creator is just 11 years old.

Sarah is one of many students across Newfoundland and Labrador learning about science and technology through a partnership between the provincial government and tech education group Brilliant Labs.

Robots and laser cutters: New St. John's Makerspace is open for business

The Avalon Makerspace held its grand opening Wednesday, making it the 41st location of its kind in Newfoundland and Labrador.

In a partnership between Brilliant Labs and the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, the building will host teachers, students and community groups who want to learn about the world of technology and design.

Thousands of Students and Youth Getting Hands-on Experience in Technology and Learning About Future Job Opportunities

Students at Vanier Elementary in St. John’s demonstrated their creativity, problem-solving skills and expertise in coding and technology today as the Honourable Brian Warr, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, updated the province on work to enhance the development of technology skills in young people. This initiative is part of government’s overall efforts to increase technology sector business activity and private sector jobs. The ministers were joined by Jeff Wilson, Executive Director, Atlantic, Brilliant Labs.

This is New Brunswick's first Lego Robotics Competition.

This is New Brunswick's first Lego Robotics Competition. Grade 4 to 8 students competed against each other with their lego robots. Roger Cosman/CBC 

20 teams of grade four and eight kids spent battling robots in N.B.

Kids spent the day at Rothesay Netherwood School battling robots for a chance to compete regionally. Travis Fortnum has more.

Province of New Brunswick grants $500,000 to STEM program for youth

Rohan Katreddy moved from Malaysia to Fredericton two years ago, and since then, he has thrived at George Street Middle School’s Brilliant Labs program.

Inside the lab, the 12-year-old STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fanatic learned to code and invented the app Flora Feed, an intelligent plant-watering system that cost him $40 to make.  

I am the demonstration, you be the voice: Empowering Girls into STEM

Sarah Ryan, Brilliant Labs Nova Scotia Program Director, shares a moving essay with Impakter Magazine encouraging her son, young boys and men to consider the glass ceiling and to be a voice of change. 

How did you spend your summer vacation? These Corner Brook kids learned code

CBC NFLD & LABRADOR -- 'There's probably 1,500 coding jobs that can't be filled in Newfoundland and Labrador' 

It took just six minutes for all 15 slots at the latest coding camp at Grenfell to fill up. 

For the past four years, Memorial University's Corner Brook campus has been offering workshops for preteens and teens who want to learn to code. The most recent was a two-day session for participants ages 11 to 14. 

Brilliant Labs' John Barron talks with Gerri Lynn Mackey, co-host, VOCM Morning Show about coding and what's new for NL teachers & students.

Gerri Lynn Mackey, co-host, of the VOCM Morning Show talks with John Barron, NL Program Coordinator about coding and what's new for NL teachers & students this school year. 

Steering Kids Toward Science and Technology Through Camp

Brilliant Labs of Saint John getting $1.6 million in funding through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to help kids learn the skills required for the jobs of tomorrow.

Saint John’s Brilliant Labs gets $1.6 million to strengthen digital literacy in Atlantic Canada

With virtual reality, robotic hands and bottle rockets Saint John’s Brilliant Labs is trying to train the next generation of STEM enthusiasts, and will now have $1.6 million to do it.

Rocket Day in Gander NL

#RocketDay2019 was a blast in the Town of Gander! Thank you to our friends CBC Newfoundland and Labrador for sharing this fun learning event & today's 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. We're confident events like Rocket Day will will inspire the NextGen of aerospace engineers in NL.   To see the entire Rocket Day story and CBC Here & Now show >>>


Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Canadian Innovation Canadian Space Agency  #STEAMCampsNL

P.E.I. students launch homemade rockets to celebrate 50th anniversary of moon landing

The next generation of potential astronauts on Prince Edward Island were among the many celebrating the anniversary of the historic Saturn 5 rocket launch — and did so by trying their hands at making rockets of their own.

Commemoration events took place for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

Maritime Kids Participate in Rocket Day

Hundreds of Maritime kids came together to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon launch with Rocket Day.

Education Group Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of Moon Landing

50 years ago today, the Apollo XI mission launched, taking us to the moon, and youth across the region are celebrating with their own rocket launches.

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WCT Annual Leadership Awards Recognize Canada’s Rising Stars in Closing the Gender Gap

Sarah Ryan, Program Direct, Brilliant Labs Nova Scotia will be receiving the Rising Star award for her leadership & empowerment of ICT skills for young women. The awards will be presented at WCT’s Annual Awards Gala on May 1st, 2019 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The must-attend event draws over 450 high-profile public and private sector leaders for a night of celebrating diversity in Canada.

Students Working to Empower Those with Disabilities, written by Carla Allen, Tri-County Vanguard

Students and clients with disabilities were encouraged to get to know one another on April 17 during the launch of the Yarmouth Assistive Technology (AT) Project at the Yarmouth Life Skills Association. The project is a collaboration with Brilliant Labs and the Makers Making Change challenge, presented by the Neil Squire Society.

K-12 HoloLens Program

Caledonia Regional High School's HoloLens program has been operational since 2016 with a HoloLens provided by non-profit Brilliant Labs, a company devoted to growing and spotlighting innovation in Atlantic Canadian K-12 education.

Second annual Cardboard for Kitty raises money for Saint John SPCA

A whole catch of cat-crazy cardboard construction artists descended on Saint John’s Market Square Saturday for the second annual Cardboard for Kitty event. The idea started with Hannah and Grace Totten who wanted to find a way to raise money for the SPCA while giving others a chance to learn and have fun.

Coding Camp points young students towards technology: BY JEREMY KEEFE GLOBAL NEWS

This week students from several New Brunswick middle schools took part in a camp that mixes traditional activities with hi-tech ones like coding and programming. Coding Camp is the result of a partnership between Snider Mountain Ranch and Brilliant Labs.

Labos créatifs recherche des moniteurs de camps pour l’été

Durant l’été 2018, Labos Créatifs (Brilliant Labs en anglais) a embauché six étudiants pour animer des camps d’été axés sur la créativité et l’apprentissage par projets, certains diraient l’apprentissage par problèmes. 

Family Maker Day in P.E.I. March 30 gives kids chance to learn through hands-on activities


Carron McCabe, P.E.I. program director for Brilliant Labs, hopes to encourage learning with lots of high- and low-tech activities at Brilliant Lab’s Family Maker Day, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Murphy’s Community Centre on Richmond Street in Charlottetown.

A silver and a bronze medal for Team New Brunswick

Brilliant Labs is proud to share news that Céline Kavanaugh, our 2018 summer camp supervisor from Grand Falls, has won a Silver Medal at the Canada Games. 

From whiteboard to final product, 3D printing brings learning alive in Paradise

Grade 6 students at Elizabeth Park Elementary can apply their learning thanks to new tech. When Jamie Powers' Grade 6 class learned about flight, they studied drag, lift and Bernoulli's principle. Thanks to a pair of 3D printers now in the learning commons at Elizabeth Park Elementary in Paradise, the students also got to use that knowledge to create customized plastic gliders of their own.

Body-heat phone chargers and other big ideas from Startup Saint John

CBC New Brunswick --  Forget the clunky battery case or car USB power adaptor. A new Saint John company called Novum Industria is imagining a future where phones are charged using body heat.

"It's a wristband, like a Fitbit," said Katie Leith, 19. "Body heat goes into the band, into a conductor, which turns it into electricity."

The concept is one of several so-crazy-it-just-might-work ideas pitched by would-be entrepreneurs this weekend at Startup Saint John.

Write a Snow day or school day? A New Brunswick student has designed an app for that title...

The Snow Day Notifier App was created by a Grade 12 student at Miramichi Valley High School. When flurries start to fly, students everywhere dream of waking up to a snow day. And now, there's an app for that — at least for several thousand students in northern New Brunswick.

Miramichi student develops app for snow days

Want to find out if it's a snow day without having to get out of bed? if so, there's a locally-developed app for that. 

Brilliant Labs: Building Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Atlantic Canada

Reading up on Brilliant Labs I was reminded again of what it takes to scale a making practice and reimagine the delight and utility of hands-on learning. Deeply mindful of the character and culture of the communities they work with, intentional in their approach to tools and materials, and dedicated to supporting creative, skill-building experiences that inspire, Brilliant Labs is delivering high- touch, personalized learning through materials in the diverse and often geographically remote communities across Atlantic Canada.


We held a Make Sale at BLT Senior Elementary School’s Christmas concert where we sold over 200 student-made 3D printed and Perler bead ornaments! All the proceeds from the sale were donated to the local children’s hospital, the IWK Health Centre. We earned $347 for the hospital, a fantastic result!

3D Printed Ornaments for the IWK

Jeff Hennigar's grade 5 Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea School, Timberlea, NS, has been crafting 3D printed ornaments for sale with all proceeds going to the IWK (The IWK Foundation is a private, not-for-profit organization that raises funds to support the urgent priority needs of the IWK Health Centre). 

Island students learn how to program during global Hour of Code event

Grade 5 West Kent Elementary School classmates Eve Morris and Nora Cunniffe squared off for a match on Wednesday, their version gave the game a technological makeover as one of the activities to mark the global Hour of Code event.

P.E.I. students program robots as part of global Hour of Code

Students at West Kent Elementary School in Charlottetown spent part of Wednesday morning learning to bend small electronic devices to their will as part of the global educational event called the Hour of Code.

"It looks really complicated ... but then when you actually get to do it you are like 'oh, this is easier than I expected," said grade 5 student Ava Dow.

Brilliant Labs Announces Substantial Investment in Youth For the Grand Falls Region

GRAND FALLS, NB -- Brilliant Labs is rolling out $900,000 over three years to help youth in the Greater Grand

Falls Region develop digital skills and competencies. This undertaking is the largest locally targeted investment Brilliant Labs has ever made.

How ‘Makers’ Make the Classroom More Inclusive

The maker movement started out flashy, bringing 3-D printers into classrooms around the world. Now, it’s about meeting student and community needs.

The Boiling Point Podcast: Jeff Willson is Helping Youth Develop the Skills Needed for the Future

Like most conversations about Brilliant Labs ... BoilingPoint begins with the discussion of coding & tech in the classroom, but it's the ending that is the most surprising. Discover how Jeff and his team are helping students & teachers find their passion and how you can join the cause.

Rocket Day Aims To Inspire The Next Generation of AeroSpace Engineers

Brilliant Labs hope to inspire future generations of aerospace engineers and astronauts with events like Rocket Day.

St. John's Summer Camp Celebrates Rocket Day

“Welcome to NASA, the Newfoundland Amateur Space Agency,” John Barron said to a group of children aged 5-12 seated on the hill facing the Confederation Building outside the College of the North Atlantic (CNA) on Prince Philip Drive Wednesday morning...

Changemaker Sarah Ryan is helping kids build 21st-century skills

For as long as she can remember, Sarah Ryan has been an artistic person with a love for hands-on learning.

“My dad would bring home experiments from school and that was really exciting to me,” recalls Ryan, whose father was a physics teacher at Prince Andrew High School while she was growing up.

Brilliant Labs Is Getting More Kids To Create and Innovate Through Community Makerspaces

SAINT JOHN– New Brunswick’s Brilliant Labs is helping more of the province’s kids embrace technology who may otherwise wouldn’t through its community Makerspaces in Saint John, and the organization says more are in the works across the province.

Summer coding camps offered to give K-12 youth digital technology skills

ST. JOHN’S, NL – Nearly 500 students from kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) attending summer camps in the St. John’s region will have the opportunity to put their minds to the test in a fun and interactive way.

Funding to boost coding and technology in N.L. schools

ST. JOHN’S, NL – The provincial government has announced funding to expose students to coding and give them to an opportunity take part in technology experience programs. The Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation will contribute $250,000 to establish a partnership with Brilliant Labs – an Atlantic Canadian organization that supports coding, computational thinking and Maker Education in schools.

Teaching computer code to turn students into 'creators and innovators'e...

New Brunswick-based Brilliant Labs getting $400,000 from provincial government for STEM school programs. The provincial government Monday announced $400,000 in funding aimed at getting Newfoundland and Labrador students computer coding.

This High School Entrepreneur Makes Handmade Flies That Are A True Catch

SAINT JOHN– A Saint John teenager wants to help improve your fly-fishing game with his business.

James Quinn is the creator of J’s Flies, a company that makes hand-made, high-quality flies for fishing enthusiasts. He sells his flies through his websiteInstagram and Facebook pages.

Liberals spending $50M to teach K-12 students and their teachers coding

New CanCode program targets students, underrepresented groups.  The Liberal government is following up on a 2017 budget promise to spend $50 million to help children learn to code as soon as they start school.  Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains announced the government's new CanCode program, which hopes to train about one million students from kindergarten to Grade 12 coding and other digital skills, during a stop at Microsoft Canada in Mississauga, Ont. on Monday.

Students bring new life to old decorations in Halloween challenge

Brilliant Labs challenges New Brunswick students to create moving displays using household items. 

A group of New Brunswick students spent their Halloween giving new life to old decorations.

Students from across the province took part in a hacking and animatronics challenge from educational organization Brilliant Labs. The challenge involved finding old Halloween decorations and making the the creepy creatures seem alive, explained Brilliant Labs program director Jacob Lingley.

Students Build High Altitude Balloon

SHEFFIELD, NB--- St. Malachy's Memorial High School High Altitude Balloon Project was launched from Casey's Campground in Sheffield NB on June 8th, 2017 and landed in a very tall pine tree just south-west of Sussex NB. It travelled to an altitude of 30-31km and covered a distance of about 70km.

'We were evaluated by playing a song for our teacher'

Over 700 students from across the province, experimented, played and demonstrated their inventions at the province's first 'Maker Faire' hosted by Bliss Carman Middle School.

No campfires or canoes: this summer camp has bots and 3D printers

The camp has been running for eight weeks and uses a hands-on approach to teaching cutting edge tech.  At the Crescent Valley Community Resource Centre in Saint John, two robots — with thumb tacks mounted on their fronts and balloons on their backs — engage in a fearsome battle.

They're being controlled by teams of elementary and middle school children, who must complete an electrical circuit with wires hooked up to controls on the floor if they want their bot to pop the other's balloon. 

The game is part of a camp from Brilliant Labs, who in partnership with the City of Saint John, provides access to technology to children who otherwise might not have it.

Ducks Unlimited: Taking a Chance on Technology in the Classroom

Students at Fredericton High School take collecting water samples to new heights.  Fredericton High School teacher Carolyn Barnhart describes herself as “the anti-technology person.” Despite the self-diagnosis, she doesn’t shy away from introducing new gadgets into her classroom. “We need to meet the kids where they are. And [technology] is what they’re used to, and this is what they’re going to be using when they go out into the workforce,” she says.

Reinventing Rural: speakers touch on positive themes during Yarmouth chamber session

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