Best Buy Canada has selected 13 secondary schools from more than 275 applicants, to receive a combined $208,000 in funding for tech-based curriculums through the Best Buy School Tech Grant program.
From British Columbia to Newfoundland, the recipient schools will use these grants to give their students access to the latest in computer and digital technology to help keep them motivated and focused as they move towards post-secondary education.
"Year after year, we are overwhelmed with the quality of applications we receive," says Karen Arsenault, Best Buy Canada's Community Investment Manager. "As school curriculums advance, so does the need for upgraded or increased technology in the classroom. Each of our recipient schools clearly illustrated creative teaching methods and ways to incorporate technology into their classrooms to inspire the next generation of innovators."
The six schools that received general grants, were Bayview Academy - St. George's, NL;
Carihi Secondary School - Campbell River, BC; Frederick Banting Alternate Site - Stittsville, ON; Immaculata - Ottawa, ON; Mistawasis Nehiyawak High School - Leask, SK; and St John's High School - Winnipeg, MB. General Tech Grants are designed to help improve or integrate technology in classrooms to advance student learning. This could include new technologies including libraries, special needs classrooms, literacy programs and more.
STEM grants were awarded to Centre scolaire Samuel-de-Champlain - Saint-Jean, NB; École secondaire Évangéline - Montréal, QC; Esquimalt High School - Victoria, BC; Sheldon Williams Collegiate - Regina, SK; St. Paul Regional High School - St. Paul, AB; Stratford Central Secondary School - Stratford, ON; and Westwood Community High School - Fort McMurray, AB. STEM Tech Grants are for schools looking to enhance technology in programs pertaining to science, technology, engineering, and math, which includes robotics clubs, math programs, computer coding and digital media courses.
All thirteen schools will receive their funding in the coming weeks, and celebrations will happen at the School Tech Grant recipient schools with the support of local Best Buy teams.
Through its mission to support youth to connect with technology, Best Buy has provided more than 200 Canadian schools with grants to purchase new technology, in addition to offering post-secondary scholarships and supporting youth with hands on tech learning opportunities.
In the coming months, Best Buy School Tech Grants will offer elementary schools the opportunity to apply for funding for new technology. Educators interested in being notified when grants are next available can email firstname.lastname@example.org.