The votes have been tallied and we've chosen our winners!

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The Fall 2014 CST Inspired Minds Learning Project has officially come to a close and we're thrilled to announce the winners - many of whom also received funding in the spring competition! Talk about creating loyal followers.

Here is a small sample of some of the inspiring stories that came out of this round of the Learning Project. For a full list of winners, you can visit learningproject.cst.org for more details. 

Want to engage kids in the classroom? Use the right technology

LP grand prize

The way students learn is changing. With new technologies emerging at a rapid pace, older teaching methods are becoming outdated. For many schools, the only way to keep kids interested is to embrace the latest and greatest gadgets and use them to help students learn.

As our $20,000 grand prize winner in the Fall 2014 Learning Project competition, L'école Les Bocages will be able to purchase 30 iPads for their classroom as well as programs such as iMovie. According to Idea Pioneer and one of the school's teachers, Annie Beaulieu, this initiative is part of the school's efforts to keep kids (and boys in particular) engaged.

Ms. Beaulieu is also a parent of two students at the school herself, so she has a vested interested in bringing innovation to the classroom. With little funds to use on their own, this $20,000 will go a long way towards helping the school acquire new technologies and teach students how to expand their creative skill sets.

We can't wait to hear about some of their success stories. You can click here to read their entry.

For kids with facial differences, Camp Trailblazer offers acceptance

Camp Trail Blazer

For many of us, being in front of the camera isn't exactly a pleasant experience. But for children living with facial differences, it's even more daunting.

As one of our $5,000 'Express Yourself' category winners, Camp Trailblazer (a camp for youth with facial differences between the ages of 10-18) will be able to promote and fund a new photography workshop that will help these kids feel more confident in front of the lens. 

According to Idea Pioneer Anna Pileggi, there's a real need for this type of program. Most kids with facial differences dread being photographed as it highlights their supposed flaws. She has seen children with facial differences be marginalized in mainstream society for years and believes this kind of workshop will help many of them step out of their comfort zone in a safe and supportive environment. Who knows - maybe they'll even develop a love for photography! 

You can click here to read more about this great cause. We can't wait to see what Camp Trailblazer accomplishes with this funding. 

We’re (still) teaching kids about 3D printing!

3D Printing

KC Harry is a two-time CST Inspired Minds Idea Pioneer, and her idea has once again topped our list as one of our winners in the Fall 2014 competition. In the last round, we helped her purchase 3D printers for the 3D Print Storybook FUN Camp. This time around, they're looking for laptops and a physical space in Toronto. 

As one of our second-place winners, the 3D Print Storybook FUN Camp will receive $10,000 to do just that and teach kids about the amazing world of 3D printing. The idea is to get kids between the ages of 7-16 excited about STEM courses and maker technology. 

Regardless of whether the camp ends up running out of an office, an empty classroom or a community centre, we're excited to follow along and see what happens. This is a great example of how the Learning Project is connecting kids with groundbreaking technology and new opportunities. You can click here to read more.  

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For a full list of our winners, visit learningproject.cst.org. Congratulations to all!

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