Ingenuity Challenge

2019 Program

Grades K-12

Receiving a secret package in the mail with a classroom challenge is a great way to get students thinking as a team! The materials and theme remain a secret until the package arrives. This year, there is no limit to who can take part, thanks to some ingenious thinking (and generous support). All you have to pay for is postage.

Program Details:

  • Grades: K-12
  • Dates: Fall dates TBA
  • Cost: $20 per package

For inspiration, view the 2018 submissions below!

Bolt of Ingenuity

The perfect compliment to the Ingenuity Challenge, and it’s free!

Grades 4-12

Bring an intriguing personality into your classroom – virtually!

Directly linked to the Ingenuity Challenge, this program takes another look at the design thinking process in the real world. This free 45 minute webinar will give your students a chance to see what design thinking looks like through a professional’s eyes, and get a chance to ask them questions about their world. This is the perfect introduction to the Ingenuity Challenge that will have your students ready to get their hands dirty in their own projects!

Using social media, classrooms are encouraged to ask questions, live in conversation!

Program Details:

  • Grades: 4-12
  • Dates: 2019 dates TBA
  • Cost: free!

Can’t login live? This presentation will be recorded and shared online so you can watch this with your class at a time that works for you!

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2018 Ingenuity Challenge Submissions

Nearly 500 classes across Alberta were challenged to think about the future, “The Year 3018” to be exact.

Using only masking tape, the classes had one month to collaborate on what the future holds for us here on Earth…..or Mars?!

Below are the photos and videos of those submissions – Enjoy!

Our class collaborated to create a 3-D model of how people would live on Mars in the future and how they built civilization on Mars. In the year 3018 we think people will be living on Mars because the conditions on Earth might change because of the pollution, or the population might be too high. We decided to create domes for our city to show how humans could survive on a planet by melting ice in to water and storing it and growing plants to make oxygen. We combined art, science and engineering by using our imaginations to build something extraordinary. We have been studying space during science and learned that currently it would take 9 months to travel to Mars. In the future it might be easier and faster to get to Mars. We thought like engineers by using triangles made of duct tape to make a dome that stands on its own. Working together on this project helped us to build relationships and support each other. We worked through challenges together and figured out ways to solve problems. Our idea was better because we came up with it as a class instead of working by ourselves. Without our team we wouldn’t have been able to create such a masterpiece! -Grade 5 and 6 students in Ms. Villadsen’s class at Midnapore School.

Our grade five class created this Tapigami with the grade ones. We started this challenge with our yearlong guiding inquiry question, “What is your Ripple?” This is based on the understanding that we are all connected. With that theme in mind, the students were divided into groups and brainstormed ways to make the world better. The recurring issues important to the students were clean air, water and food production. Therefore, we knew we needed to design a multi-use boat called the “Garbinator 3018”. It is a hover boat with robotic arms to collect garbage in our oceans and is equipped with a net on the side to assist. Then, it uses the garbage collected and converts that into nutritious food. In addition, it is an alternative fuel boat, which collects pollutants and converts it into clean air. The students had so much fun brainstorming their idea, drawing their designs, presenting and making sections of the Garbinator. A challenge we encountered is constructing the hull and platform as we needed to ensure it would be sturdy enough for the food processing and smoke stacks. The grade ones helped us come up with the net and the items in the sea. This experience was so fun and it was great watching the older students work collaboratively with the younger students. Thank you Beakerhead!

Hello fellow Beakerheads, We are Ms. Kuczma’s Grade 4 class at Citadel Park School. We had a lot of fun planning, creating, and putting together our vision of our city Caltapea, TCA in the year 3018. We used our knowledge from Waste and our World to build a better future for our earth. We used our awareness to lessen our environmental impact in 3018. Our city has alternative energy sources such as solar panels, and wind turbines. We compost and grow our own food in the farming district. Food that we cannot grow ourselves is provided through a vending machine robot. We also feel that recreation is important to our well-being so we created a natural area to relax and enjoy our animals or even have a picnic. We can teleport or take our sonic train and have a relaxing day at the lake. Our final area that we value is education. Our school in the future will be able to fly so that we can go on fieldtrips wherever we want to go without taking a bus. Students arrive at school with a jetpack into a classroom with robot teachers, flying Starbucks and hands on technology that appears right before their eyes. We created a museum that has history from 2018. We recognize the importance of our past and so there are artifacts such as tipis, Alex Janvier art (an artist we studied this year), IPads and currency all from 2018 which would be 1000 years old in 3018.

The grade 4s in Ms. Marshall’s class at Citadel Park School started the creative process prior to the arrival of the box. Without any background information, they were shown the Beakerhead/ Mr. Tapigami video and were immediately “pumped” and ready to go. When the box arrived and the challenge was given, the students discussed changes that had occurred since 1918, looking at pictures and sharing knowledge from books they had read. This was followed by the brainstorming of ideas for what will change in the next 1000 years (first in small groups and then as a class) and a list was created. A discussion ensued regarding which of our topics could be tied together. Students were then able to vote on which area they wanted to focus our final project on. What housing would be like in 3018 won. We separated into small groups again to create a sketch that would represent the students’ creative ideas. Small groups were given an area of the house to work on and each were included/attached to the final product as they were completed. Noteworthy areas of our futuristic home include: a virtual reality room, sleeping pods with unlimited scenery choices, a teleport station, a virtual reality school room with no teachers, hovering furniture, facial recognition security systems, an automatic waste separator, and a self-cooking/self-cleaning kitchen robot with food access at the push of a button. Our house was “top off” by a solar powered glass roof with transition capabilities for day and night time (it can be up or down).

The grade 7/8 students approached this Beakerhead challenge by creating a list of possible realities in 3018. They decided to focus on a transportation theme where we would see flying cars, spaceships, teleportation machines and docking stations on Mars. The students broke into groups and worked on different components of the project. Using tape as an art medium was difficult at first but they got the hang of it. They did use other objects in order to create the scene. Tapigami proved to be challenging at first but then they rose to the challenge. The final scene in the movie shows how all their creativity brought their theme to life. Throughout the movie, students explain how they designed their creation and how it would be relevant to 3018. A fantastic project for our makerspace group!

Tuscany Tape Town
What will the ‘world’ be like in 3018? Can you imagine what things will be like in one thousand years?
What do Tuscany Students envision the world to be like in 3018?
The kindergarten to Grade 4 students at Tuscany School began the design challenge by using their imaginations to envision a world in the year 3018. They shared their ideas by working in small groups using Loose Parts to represent their design. The two main themes that became evident were to build a futuristic community and include transportation.
How might we represent our futuristic community using tape?
Students infused science, engineering and art as they experimented using tape to create shapes they could use to make their tapigami creation. Then students began designing their tape contribution for our Tuscany Tape Town. Some ideas included flying cars, boat teleporters, tree octopuses, flying penguins, futuristic birds, flying buildings, and rocket powered dinosaurs!
We are proud of our whole school Tuscany Tape Town. We have so much to look forward to in the future!

Introducing KR City (Kids Rule City)
Everyone created different places that came together to make the city of 3018. In the future, we will have to save space so we stacked the zoo. The animals will have lots of room and we will use less land. The hospital also has many floors. The floating ambulance will carry patients up to the top. The elevator will take them down.
To get around the city, people will teleport from one station to another. The waste energy from the Coke Facility will be used to power the teleport system. In fact, the Coke Facility will provide enough energy to power the whole city. The teleport system is free for people to use.
Our city has many services that we have today. We have things like a vet, restaurant, animal shelter and other mall stores. We have an apartment and houses for people to live in. Our city is built on two sides of a river, connected by a bridge and people can teleport back and forth.
As a class, we used our creativity and imaginations to create buildings. We collected and used recycled items to add to our tape in order to build. Through this activity we learned that creativity comes from a positive source. We also learned how to create Tapigami!
As a class, we found that working in small groups was best for us. We brainstormed what a futuristic city would have in it, and then split into teams to make it work!

The grade 8 class of Ian Bazalgette school was sent a box of tape, along with the theme of 3018. As a group, we went through an ideation phase and we all came up with ideas for what our project should look like. We then agreed upon one collective project, having a robot holding the world because we believe that by then, robots will be in control of at least half the world. One side of the world there will be the human side, which will have trees, oceans, rivers, lakes, and plots of land. The other side of earth will be the robot’s side. Unlike the earth side, the robot side will not have any color but will be filled with mechanical robot parts. There will also be rivers of oil to power up any rusted up robots. On each side of the planet, there is a magnifying glass to give us a closer look. On the human magnifying glass there is robot junkyard showing that robots are not welcome in their territory. On the robot magnifying glass it represents that humans have been enslaved and given leashes to have a constant reminder that their generation made the wrong choice. Our class used ONLY tape and watercolor paint to complete the project. Enjoy!

Welcome to Seagary, where your dreams come true. When we created Seagary our class had to collaborate by participating in a challenge that was fun but difficult at the same time. First, we brainstormed ideas for our setting, ultimately choosing under the sea. We thought that humans may move under the sea for a fresh start after exploiting the Earth’s surface. Then, we each created our own version of what could become Seagary. Next, we worked in small groups and gave each other feedback and choose the best parts of each our designs. Then we came up with our class blueprint for our project. After we had the blueprints we generated a list of potential community needs and wants. Each of us volunteered to build a part of our community and then worked together with our classmates to create Some of the important amenities in Seagary are: a hospital to care for the sick or injured, the living “Cookie Monster” in the middle of the city who protects our home, public transportation (Sea Train, buses and the Submarine dock), a school for the children to attend, emergency services, a waste and recycling plant, the dome to keep in the air and keep the water out and a variety of restaurants, stores and even green spaces. The name Seagary was chosen because our city is under the sea and it is named after our hometown of Calgary.

Our Auburn Bay grade ones built a school in the future. We started our adventure by creating Venn Diagrams, and learning how to compare and contrast. Our students looked at a school in the past from Heritage Park and questioned why they would have had a different flag, the different shape of the school and how were some basic needs such as water fountains and bathrooms met? Then we discussed what we have in our present Auburn Bay school. The students noticed we have more colour in our school, technology based items and hands-on objects such as Lego that help learn. Students brainstormed what they would love to see in a future school and they thought of items such as robots, portals and dragons. We connected our brainstorming to ‘The Important Book’ and learned that the purpose of schools stays the same. We practiced building with tape using Tapeigami as a guide. As a group, we built prototypes using materials in our Learning Commons and failed forward changing our designs and learning to add detail. After building we collaborated with each other to group ideas together. The students were then placed in three groups: what was inside the school and what was on the outside. Another group got together and built the walls of the school. Our future school of 3018 was complete! The group learned the process of coming together to create, prototype, fail forward, and see their ideas take shape through the medium of tape.

Thinking of the future, students engaged in ideation around what could the future be. They considered what matters in cities and created a city of the future on the moon. Our moon city has park space, hover cars, shopping, entertainment, and of course was colonized by Canada.

Thinking of the future, students engaged in ideation around what could the future be. They considered what matters in cities and created a restaurant of the future. Our restaurant has robot service, a state of the art kitchen, thoughtful art, a game area and play area. It is a welcoming place for all members of the family.

The Future of Schools
We started this project by looking at photographs of schools in Alberta’s past and read stories. We noticed schools have changed a lot. Then we began to think, what will schools look like in the year 3018?
In the future we hope schools will use technology but still value nature and being active. As a result we created an indoor garden and playground for those really cold days. We have included ponds with fish, ducks, lily pads and a water fountain. There are trees and flower boxes. There are places to sit like mushroom stools and a gazebo. Some items found in the playground include a spinning ride and a rock-climbing wall.
Our classroom is where you may notice lots of technology. There is a robotic claw that takes your coat off for you and hangs it up. In the future we have tried to make it easier for teachers by having hand scanners to take attendance. Schools are paperless and use tablets instead of notebooks. Students will be encouraged to create, therefore they need a maker’s table with supplies like TAPE, wires, nails and magnets. Student might build robots or other simple machines. There will be robots to help clean and do jobs for the teacher like cut paper. To make learning engaging, students will have access to virtual reality glasses. There will be a reading area with comfy couches and chairs by large windows. Would you want to go to our school?

We designed and built a futuristic elementary and high school in the year 3018 called Tapigami School. Some features we thought were important for the students of 3018 include a swimming pool with a glass pyramid top to keep the water warm and useful all year round. This glass is made so that it will heat up when the temperature drops below the set temperature. The classrooms are enclosed with special glass that will transition darker when the class needs more darkness inside. One classroom dome is for elementary school, and the other classroom dome is for high school. Each classroom dome has 3 levels and enough rooms to hold all the students. The gym has been built with windows that allow the climate to change automatically so that the air stays cool once the students have been running and playing but is warm at the beginning. Our garden boxes are made so that at night the box will rise up in the air so that the rabbits and other animals don’t eat the food. Our playground is designed to allow students to play and use their muscles with the giant slide and monkeys bars. There is a lot of outdoor area for the students to have fresh air along with an outdoor classroom for learning lessons. There is a school hover bus landing site and a teacher parking lot for hover cars with an automatic scanner.