Looking for something to give the kids to do on a sick day or evening/weekend with nothing on? Below is a list of some FREE contests that they might be interested in entering. We will try to update throughout the year. Please let us know if you know of others, and also let us know if your child(ren) participate in any!
Toronto Public Library
The TPL has some good online options for kids in Feb-March, 2022. These include weekly science workshops for kids 6-12 on Tuesdays at 4 PM, the sharing of stories from Africa (Feb 23 and March Break), a comic book writing workshop, a magic show and Family Day stories and songs. If you sign up you get access to the Crowdcast link to view later if you can’t make the time. Check out current programming options at: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?N=37867+37850&No=0&Ns=p_pub_date_sort&Nso=0
Little Inventors – Protect our Oceans Mini Challenges (run by NSERC (Canadian Gov’t) joint with the UN)
The United Nations launched the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development in 2021. The Little Inventors Protect our Oceans – Mini challenge project consists of six ocean themed challenges designed to be done as a quick and fun activity at home or school or be delivered to students as a series of full lessons. Choose one mini-challenge or do all six of them! You can upload ideas until March 25, 2022. More info at: https://nserc.littleinventors.org/collections/
Let’s Talk Science
Let’s Talk Science has many resources and several online events for kids, sometimes run during the school day (but you can sign up and receive a link to the recording for later viewing). All events are FREE and you can search for upcoming events by grade. Many other resources/projects as well, including a more involved Let’s Talk Science Challenge with quizzes and engineering challenges for grade 6-8 students. More info at: https://letstalkscience.ca/
Habitat For Humanity Meaning of Home Contest
This is open to kids in grades 4,5 and 6 across Canada. Submissions should be poems or essays explaining what home means to them. There are prizes to be won, but more importantly, every submission results in a $10 donation to Habitat for Humanity by a partner company. Submissions are posted on the website. Contest closes February 18, 2022. More at: https://meaningofhome.ca/
CBC The First Page writing contest
The First Page student writing challenge asks students in Grades 7 to 12 from across Canada to write the first page of a novel set 150 years in the future. Your protagonist should be facing a current world issue that has played out over the next century and a half. The contest will run from Feb 1 – Feb 28, 2022. The two grade 7-9 winners will receive a one-year subscription to OwlCrate, a monthly book delivery service, and will have their winning entry published on CBC Books. They will also receive 50 books for each of their school libraries.
More info at: https://www.cbc.ca/books/enter-the-first-page-student-writing-challenge-now-open-until-feb-28-1.4269274
The work of past winners and finalists: https://www.cbc.ca/books/the-first-page-student-writing-challenge-past-winners-and-finalists-1.6262657
Tips for futuristic fiction writing:https://www.cbc.ca/books/kelley-armstrong-s-tips-for-writing-the-first-page-of-your-novel-1.5339868
WHERE Challenge – Run by Mining Matters (non-profit org)
The Challenge is a national contest that asks students aged 9 – 14 years to discover the answers to these questions: What on Earth is in your stuff and WHERE on Earth does it come from? Pick a favourite object in your home, school or playground, identify one or more non-renewable Earth resources needed to make that object and tell us WHERE on Earth those resources come from. You may be surprised by how many are found in Canada. Your story can be told through an essay, a poem, a song or a play, a painting or a poster, an audio, video or multimedia presentation or anything else you can dream up. The more original, the better. Contest runs Sept 20, 2021-March 31, 2022.
Prizes: Individual cash prizes for winners in literary, graphic art as well as multimedia categories, for ages 9-11 and 12-14 (students from our school have won before). Also 3 school prizes of $500 each, based on overall quality of all projects submitted from the school.
This is a magazine showcasing written works and art created by individuals 14 and younger. There is a monthly magazine, an annual novel-writing contest, and a monthly creativity prompt contest. Any child 14 and under can submit works for review and possible publication in the magazine. You can see some examples of work published, Creativity prompts, and find out how to submit on their website: https://stonesoup.com/current-issue/
Toronto Science Fair
This is an annual event showcasing science projects from across Toronto. For 2022 it will be virtual and any individual or group that wants to submit something can do so for free this year. For K-6 it is a science showcase with certificates of participation for each group/student. Groups should submit a 1 minute video showing what they investigated and what they discovered (written permission needed if any faces are shown). Registration is Feb 1-28, 2022 and submissions need to be in by March 1. Submissions will be posted for viewing during the Toronto Science Fair (April 2-7). For grades 7-12 it is a competition and winners can move on to a Canada-wide competition. Registration closes March 9, 2022 and the science fair will be held April 2-7. You may want to talk to the school if you wish to submit a project but there is a way to do it on your own as well – let us know if you need a hand with logistics or ideas! Some of the parents in our school have a science background and have even judged contests like these. More info can be found at: https://www.torontosciencefair.ca/
Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Minecraft Contest
This is a STEAM competition open to students in grades 3-12, worldwide. Students design machines using Minecraft Education Edition. This year the challenge is to “Open and Illuminate a Book”, using a Rube Goldberg machine. Free for all teams to enter this year! Note that we have not had experience with this contest to date, but if your child(ren) are into Minecraft builds it might be worth checking out. Registration closes March 2, 2022 and final submissions are due March 9, 2022. More info at: https://www.nasef.org/learning/rube-goldberg/
Youth Remembrance contest – Run by the Legion
Fostering Remembrance is a part of everything we do. Through The Royal Canadian Legion’s longstanding annual Poster and Literary Contests, Canadian school children honour Canada’s Veterans through creative art and writing, and help perpetuate Remembrance. Students in Grades 1 through 12 are invited to submit their creative works, with a focus on Remembrance, through their local school to be entered into Legion Branch contests. Winning entries move forward to the Legion’s Provincial level contests. Finalists are then forwarded to the Legion National Foundation in Ottawa to be judged at the national level. Winning poster entries are displayed at the Canadian War Museum – second place posters are displayed at the Parliament buildings in Ottawa.
NOTE: Parents should call one of our local Legions to find out more info if their kids are interested!
Valentines for Veterans (run by Veterans Affairs Canada)
Kids can make hand-made Valentines to send to Canadian war veterans, ideally as a group or class but can be individually sent if needed. If you miss the Feb 1, 2022 deadline for this year, they save your Valentines to give out next year. More info on where to send, along with tips and message ideas: https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/classroom/valentines-for-veterans
Science Odyssey – May 7-22, 2022
The program hasn’t been announced for this year yet (last updated Feb 1), but you can check their website or sign up for updates on virtual and in-person STEM events. See: http://www.sciod.ca/
St. Brigid’s Drawing Contest – in Honour of the 100th Anniversary of our School
Look for more details soon! For now, submit a drawing of what you like about our school OR what you think St Brigid’s will be like in 100 years, for a chance to have your work posted on our website! Drawings or written work can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org