Colouring the Future: Canadian kids find solutions for world issues in Toyota’s national design competition

Toronto, Ontario — Canadian children find solutions for the world’s most pressing health, social and environmental issues through the 2020 Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. 

The annual national design competition welcomes children up to 15 years of age. Each entry is created using only traditional media—no digital artwork—and judged in three age categories.

Here are some of the finalists highlighted by Toyota:

Max Lee, a seven-year-old from Calgary, wanted to make the world a cleaner and healthier place to live. He created a ‘vacuum car’ designed to inhale air pollutants and viruses. (Supplied by Toyota Canada).


Five-year-old Vancouver resident Maya Maksymenko’s ‘Magic School Bus’ takes children into space, dives underwater and whisks them away on field trips to better understand the world’s challenges. (Supplied by Toyota Canada).


Eight-year-old Abraham Pramanik from East York, Ontario was inspired by nature and our planet’s food supply. Stressing the important role of pollination, he designed a “Bee Car” that builds beehives to ensure crops can continue to grow and people around the world will continue to have enough food. (Supplied by Toyota Canada).


“Young Canadians are the designers and engineers of the future – and they’re already impressing us with their creative approaches to solving our world’s health, social and environmental challenges,” said Larry Hutchinson, President and CEO of Toyota Canada and one of this year’s judges. “The vehicles of the future will be very different from the ones we know today. But, beyond that, their forms and functions are limited only by our imagination. That’s what the annual Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is all about—and while we present this challenge in terms of the automobile, many of those who enter the contest think well beyond transportation, exploring ways to improve their world. The winning entries are always inspiring.”

To see the full list of this year’s finalists, click here

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