Our January grant came from an Awesome pool of projects that put us in a challenging spot (exactly where we like to be). Some of the projects that made to the short list included:
All of you, please resubmit as you wish and as your projects evolve! We think they are great.
But back to our winner! We asked the project creator, Russel Chichester to tell us a bit more about his project to help provide kids with better tools to navigate their career and this is what he had to say…
What’s your project all about: It’s about giving young people a head start in life by exposing them to the best advice possible though a career exploration workshop hosted by the Career Exploration Club. For most high school students, deciding on a future career path and on a University/ College program can be an intimidating and nerve-wracking experience. Most students get to Grade 12 still unsure what career path is right for them. There are many career options out there, but no criteria/method to help them determine why one career path is better suited for them than another. With the Awesome Foundation money we will be able to put on a full eight week workshop for our graduating class through the Career Exploration Club.
What will this mean for your students: These students are in the process of making life changing career decisions and for the majority of them, as first generation Canadians, don’t have or understand the resources available to them to make these decisions. This grant will really help them out.
If anyone else wants to find out more or help out, how can they get in touch: You can always visit our website http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/emeryci/Home.aspx, our contact information is there as well.
A little late in sharing this Awesome project with you all, but better late than never – especially with this one. In December 2013 we decide to award our last grant of the year to help Laura Inglis revive and revamp an unused library in the school where she teaches in Scarborough. We were touched by her personal commitment to build a new space for learning, play and imagination where there was nothing but potential. In the past month she has transformed that space into just that. It so exciting to see projects come to life with as much vigour and speed as this one, and it goes without saying that we all feel fortunate to be associated with her commitment to her kids. They even sent us a thank you letter recently!! XO
For the past 3 years, the Toronto Awesome Foundation has been dedicated to supporting people and ideas that actively make our city a more awesome place to live, work and play together. Unfortunately, as you are well aware, our mayor Rob Ford is doing his very best to tell the world the very opposite. He is a direct threat to our city’s inherent Awesomeness, and he must go. As a result, the Toronto Awesome Foundation is looking to support creative, engaging, and subversively awesome ideas that help contribute to the movement to get this fantastic mess out of office. So if you have an idea aimed at this same goal and you need help making it happen, we might just have $1000 in a paper bag for you to get it rolling – no strings attached!
Our next pitch event will be on December 10th and our submission deadline will be December 1st. Simply fill out the online submission form detailing your idea, and we promise to consider it carefully.
We are looking forward to the arrival of your ideas as eagerly as Rob Ford’s departure.
The Toronto Awesome Foundation
Tomorrow, Saturday September 21st, at 4pm, we’ll be having our September Pitch Night event, at the Toronto Mini Maker Faire! Our shortlist is:
DIY Bio – meat speciation via PCR project
3D Printing with your body – a 3D scanning system using Kinect for your body
Maker Kids – interactive project gallery
Pendulum Print Bot – an airbrush robot!
Plus potentially a dark horse candidate!
Buy tickets for the faire and come see us give away $1000 to the most awesome idea!
Robots. Fire. Drones. Lasers. 3D printers. The Toronto Awesome Foundation will be teaming up with the Toronto Mini Maker Faire for our September 2013 Awesome pitch event and grant. If you call yourself a “Maker” we want to hear about, and hopefully fund your Awesome idea, hack or invention with a $1000, no strings attached grant. The Mini Maker Faire will be held at Wychwood Barns on September 21-22 and our pitch event will be going down at 4pm on Saturday the 21st. Even if you do not submit an idea (which is unlikely because you are awesome) we would love to see you at this ridiculously fun event. Please visit MakerFaireToronto.com for more info.
Please be sure to submit your awesome idea, and reference “Maker Faire” in the project description so we know to consider your idea in association with the Maker Faire grant. The deadline is Sept 15th, we’ll let you know if you’re selected for the shortlist shortly thereafter!
Want to attend the faire? Maker Faire has given us a discount code for 20% off tickets!
Lets “Make” some Awesome!
1) Congratulations! What’s your project all about?
My project is about creating a very unique teeter-totter which will be mainly constructed out of recycled, repurposed, and scavenged materials. My main interest in this project is for it to have the ability to crowd surf throughout Toronto communities, where the piece will stay for monthly increments at various host sites – free of charge. Additional focus will be put on carving various #tags and related social media indicators onto the piece. This attention to detail will help direct the viral flow of images and messages from those who visit and interact with the teeter totter. Ideally I am attempting to create a Nomadic Micro Monument.
2) Did you have wonderful experiences with teetertotters as a kid? What makes you keen on bringing this type of joy to Toronto?
I certainly did enjoy my time spent in playgrounds as a young child. But more so, I have always been interested in building interactive objects and forts to have fun with. The project embodies many ideas into the one object but with those considerations aside, I can confidently say that my desire to create the #teetertotter simply appeals to my pure-hearted intentions of spreading intrigue and joy throughout Toronto.
3) How can people get in contact with you if they want to help out?
I will be producing a website to host maps, links, contact forums, etc. to the #teetertotter project. For now, information will largely be designated to a specific (#teetertotter) section of my www.ArtHappens.ca page.
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