Youth Innovation through Coding and Technology

Dale Kirby, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, and Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, announced significant funding to support the Government’s commitment to encourage innovation among youth through increased exposure to coding and participation in youth technology experience programs.

The Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation announced $250,000 to support a partnership between the Provincial Government and Brilliant Labs to provide youth in grades K-12 with hands-on participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focused activities.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is providing $150,000 aimed specifically at professional learning and resources for schools and is also providing two itinerant teaching units to support Brilliant Labs work.

Brilliant Labs is an Atlantic Canadian organization that supports coding, computational thinking and Maker Education in schools. This funding will assist Brilliant Labs to provide educational technologies in Newfoundland and Labrador schools such as interface equipment, sensors, programming languages, and 3D printing. To start, Brilliant Labs will engage and support students and educators in elementary schools throughout the province.