Power Up Projects - Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation

Financial support for schools to test or scale innovative ideas.

Power Up Projects – Backing Big Ideas

(Formerly Programs of Excellence Grants)

Applications closed for the 2023-24 school year.

Applications for 2024-25 school year will open in September 2024.

Since 2013, SPSF has given over $408,000 to Saskatoon classrooms for projects.

Power Up Projects


Each year, Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation provides grants to Saskatoon Public Schools to test or scale innovative ideas that address challenges and opportunities in the classroom.

  • Grants are available up to $5,000 per project
  • All Saskatoon Public Schools are eligible 
  • Focus on innovative and supplemental projects

$40,850 awarded to 12 projects benefitting over 6500 students for the 2023-24 school year.

Cougar Coffee Cart

Vincent Massey Community School

  • Empowering Innovation

The Cougar Coffee Cart will encourage innovation in learning by allowing students to develop independence and life skills in taking orders, preparing and delivering drinks, monitoring/ordering supplies and creating invoices. This project will support financial literacy and equip students with practical, real-world skills and training.

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Hand Drumming Making and Playing

Bedford Road Collegiate

  • Empowering Innovation

Students will build hand drums and incorporate them into composition projects which meet themes of social justice and self expression.

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Mechatronic Inventor’s Kit

Centennial Collegiate

  • Empowering Innovation

We will engage our students in learning the facets of mechatronics and invention through design of medium-scale robotics projects. Our initial projects will be creating a set of teleoperated and autonomous robots which will compete in the provincial skills competition in the spring of 2024.

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Circus Arts/Hope Project

City Park School & Sylvia Fedoruk School

  • Healthy Active Schools

The Circus Arts Project is working towards creating more equitable and inclusive (physical) education learning environments, where all students can develop a more positive relationship with movement and physical activity.

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ACTIVATE

Estey School

  • Healthy Active Schools

ACTIVATE is an effort to promote individual and community wellness. We want to provide our students with indoor and outdoor spaces that host a variety of student wellness activities that will: balance/ground individuals, create opportunities for kinship, support curricular objectives, and build both school and the greater community.

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GeoMovement

Lakeridge School

  • Healthy Active Schools

GeoMovement is the idea of using Geography in all aspects of life. Geographic Literacy can be broken into two streams: Physical – where students learn about connections to the land and being active outdoors and Human – where students emphasize work on multicultural competencies, racial justice, and community.

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Garden Box Upgrade to Bottom-Watering Irrigation System

Lester B. Pearson School

  • Empowering Innovation

Students will be working hands on and creating an improved living environment for our plants. They will be learning about why the bottom-watering irrigation systems allows us to water less and how plants can draw water from deeper underground and not just from the surface. Students will also learn about permaculture and how it affects our environment. They will also partake in Indigenous practices, such as planting styles and traditional herbs and medicines. Students of all abilities will be able to learn the skills required for food development to help them in the future.

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MMGCI Student Store Launch

Marion Graham Collegiate

  • Empowering Innovation

Launching a school store that requires the innovation and business design of the students in Entrepreneurship 30 and the technology and creation of the STEaM 9 students; the function of the store will provide work experience for exceptional learners in Alternative Education, Functional Life Skills, and Autism Resource classes. After the initial funding and start-up, the store will self-sustain through supply and demand, providing essential skills and authentic contribution to the business and school community.

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Laser Cut Resource Development Project

Montgomery School

  • Empowering Innovation

Students will gain industry standard work experience by matching computer aided drafting skill development with high end cutter technologies by producing tailor-made learning resources to pre-Kindergarten programs in Saskatoon Public Schools.

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Project Horsepower

Mount Royal Collegiate

  • Empowering Innovation

As the only school in Saskatoon to offer an Autobody class, the objective of the project is to fully restore a previously purchased 1987 GMC Sierra 1500 provide hands-on opportunities for our students to engage in industry-specific skills building in order to set them up for successful careers in the automotive industry.

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Indigenous Science

Nutana Collegiate

  • Empowering Innovation

Indigenous Science is a combination of Environmental Science 20 and Indigenous Studies 30 that focuses on deconstructing the colonial curriculum to bring a holistic way of learning to our students. The program centers Indigenous ways of knowing while fostering an anti-oppressive lens, giving students tools to become critical lifelong learners.

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Elders in the Classroom

Sylvia Fedoruk School

  • Literacy

As a part of our anti-racist/anti-oppressive work as a school, having access to Elders teaching in the classroom is essential.  We would like to bring in numerous Elders to share their teachings and have hands-on learning opportunities for students to learn about treaty relationships in an authentic way, Indigenous plants and animals, communities, holistic relationships among groups, as well as medicine wheel teachings.

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School Grant Stories

Grant applications align with one or more of the following priorities of Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation:

InnovationAccelerating creativity in education and inspiring new opportunities for learning.
WellnessLearning environments that promote physical activity, nutrition, and wellness.
LiteracyEssential skills that help us understand, contribute and belong to our communities. This broad definition includes numeracy and other fundamental skills.