Future Shop unveils $300,000 worth of 'Tech Lab' classrooms; $500,000 available for 2012 school year

Announcement Highlights:

  • Six new state-of-the-art technology classrooms across Canada through its Future Generation Tech Lab program.
  • Applications for the 2012 school year are being accepted starting Sept 20, 2011.
  • $500,000 will be rewarded to schools across Canada.

BURNABY, BC, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - Future Shop, Canada's largest retailer and etailer of consumer electronics, today unveiled six new state-of-the-art technology classrooms across Canada through its Future Generation Tech Lab grant program. Schools in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec each used $50,000 to build new classrooms to engage students and enhance their learning experiences.

"Future shop is constantly seeking ways to inspire, motivate and empower students to do more, learn more and achieve more by providing access to digital tools in the classroom," said Todd Empey, Vice President of Store Operations, Future Shop. "The Future Shop Tech Lab grant program is one way we're working towards this goal. We're extremely pleased with how each school used their grant money to transform their classrooms into high-tech learning centres."

Launched in 2007, the Future Generation Tech Lab program is designed to give back to the communities Future Shop serves and reduce the digital and economic divide within Canadian high schools.

The following six high schools received $50,000 each through the Future Generation Tech Lab program:

British Columbia

  • Burnaby North Secondary School (Burnaby) - One of the largest high schools in British Columbia, Burnaby North S.S. had only one computer per 18 students serving eight districts participating in the school's popular Digital Sound Production and the Film and Broadcast Industry Connect programs. The Future Generation Tech Lab outfitted the school with the latest technology and renovations such as computers, DSLR cameras, camcorders, ventilation system, sound-proofing and custom storage.

  • NorKam Secondary School (Kamloops) - At NorKam S. S., the computers used by students were either donated or refurbished, and quickly deteriorating. Thanks to the Future Generation Tech Lab, the grant has provided a floor-to-ceiling classroom renovation that fills the room with modern lighting and décor, custom computer stations and a green screen. Students and teaching staff dub the new room, "Studio 135."

Ontario

  • St. Joseph's Catholic High School (Windsor) - With only four out-dated computers for its students, St. Joseph's Catholic High School's Visuals Arts program staggered behind the needs of today's digital and connected world. With the Future Generation Tech Lab grant, the school witnessed a complete classroom redesign. Custom countertops, electrical, new computers and tablets, LCD projector, and upgrades to the latest design software, are among the additions to the new classroom beaming creativity.

  • Highland Secondary School (Dundas) - A new learning hub now stands in Highland S. S. thanks to the Future Generation Tech Lab grant. Major technology overhauls were made to decade-old computers and machinery installed 45 years ago to heighten the learning environment for communications, machinery and Custom Car Design and Drafting (CAD) courses.

  • L'école secondaire publique Omer-Deslauriers (Ottawa) - With just one computer for every six students, Omer-Deslauriers, a minority French education school, applied their Future Generation Tech Lab grant to re-create its Information, Technology and Communications program by adding state-of-the-art technology. The new learning tools offer audio and video montages, animation and web design, and make the upgraded classroom a standout high-tech haven for students.

Quebec

  • L'école secondaire Cavelier-De LaSalle (Montreal) - Known as a school with a less fortunate student population, L'école secondaire Cavelier-De LaSalle used its Future Generation Tech Lab grant to boost morale and productivity among three programs and 25 classes. The upgrades in technology purchased enable students to learn about the latest in communications, such as creating newsletters and presentations.

Before and after photos from each school are available upon request.

"We witnessed nearly 100 high schools apply for a Future Generation Tech Lab grant - that's double the amount of applicants from last year," said Empey. "Clearly, there's a need for our program, and we're excited to extend this program for the 2012 school year with $500,000 in grants for grades nine-12 classes."

Applications for the 2012 Future Generation Tech Lab grant program will be accepted from September 20 - November 17, 2011

For more information and to apply, visit www.futureshop.ca/techlab.

About Future Generation
The Future Generation Tech Lab grant program expands on a 10-year commitment to support students and education in Canada. Since 2001, Future Shop has donated over 520 post-secondary scholarships, over 600 computers to non-profit partners and ten Tech labs to secondary schools across Canada. Each of Future Shop's 148 stores donate to non-profits and communities on an individual basis, and supports employee volunteerism with Volunteer Awards.

SOURCE Future Shop

For further information:

Media contact:
Elliott Chun, Communications Manager │Future Shop │echun@futureshop.com │604.412.1764
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