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
$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:
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."
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.
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
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.
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