Nova Scotia

Brilliant Labs to spark creativity at Nova Scotia schools

The province is spending $400,000 to bring Brilliant Labs to each school board, a program that gives students a chance to experience everything from metalworking to fashion design.

McNeil government spending $400,000 to bring program to school boards

Nova Scotia students will get hands-on experience in a variety of disciplines once Brilliant Labs is introduced this fall. (Molly Segal/CBC)

The province is spending $400,000 to bring Brilliant Labs to each school board, a program that gives students a chance to experience everything from metalworking to fashion design to computer programming.

Brilliant Labs is already popular in New Brunswick schools and on Tuesday the Nova Scotia government said it will be introduced here in September.

The province says students will be able to work with equipment such as 3D printers, and in an array of disciplines including engineering, woodworking, robotics and electronics.

Teachers will also be able to tap into a "project-based learning fund" to help pay for resources and support for projects in science, math, art and "engineering entrepreneurship."

Education Minister Karen Casey says in a news release that Brilliant Labs will allow students to explore new ways of using technology and bring entrepreneurship to the classroom.

The Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, Halifax Regional School Board, South Shore Regional School Board, Strait Regional School Board and Tri-County Regional School Board will each have a permanent lab.

A mobile lab will be available for students at the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board and a portable, pop-up unit for the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial.

All school boards will also have portable "mini-labs" called Brilliant Carts.

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