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MONTREAL, May 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Over a thousand young students
from underprivileged communities in 23 elementary schools of the
Pointe-de-l'Île and Montreal School Boards took part in the third
edition of Propulsion, an innovative and unique program designed to
encourage student retention through compelling educational projects.
The results of their efforts were officially unveiled today at the WB
Games Montréal studio.
Based on a "learning through play" approach, this year's project was
aimed at Grade 4 to 6 students and involved building amusement rides
with LEGO blocks. Using an entrepreneurial approach combining learning
and everyday life, this project was successful at upholding students'
motivation, especially with young boys.
The Propulsion project was made possible through collaborative efforts
between the Pointe-de-l'Île School Board, the Montreal School Board, WB
Games Montréal, the LEGO Foundation, and Brault & Bouthillier, who all
have education and student retention at heart.
"Propulsion is an innovative way to bring students to work together as
teams, and to develop numerous skills. Through their participation as
well as their energy and creativity invested in building their
amusement rides, students made the third edition a success. We're very
pleased to see a growing interest in our project aimed at young
people," said Brigitte Coulombe, Principal at Pie-XII Elementary School
and instigator of the project.
"WB Games Montréal is proud to be an active participant in a creative
program designed specifically to keep young students in school and to
invite them to our studio to showcase their projects. Propulsion's
mission fits perfectly with our studio's values and desire to support
youth and education, and to contribute to the growth of the community
we chose to be a part of," said Martin Carrier, Vice President and
Studio Head at WB Games Montréal.
"We're happy and proud to contribute to the development of creativity
among our youth, through and educational and creative project," said
Ronny Scherer, representative of the LEGO Foundation.
Launched in 2010 by the Pointe de l'Île school board, overseeing schools
located in Montreal's east end, Propulsion is an innovative and unique
education program designed to help young students stay motivated in
school through compelling French, Math, and Science projects.
About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home
Entertainment, Inc., is a premier worldwide publisher, developer,
licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive
space across all current and future platforms, including console,
handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game
About WB Games Montréal
Since its launch in 2010, WB Games Montréal has more than 300 employees
and continues to grow and recruit additional talent. Working with some
of Warner Bros. Studios' biggest brands, including DC Entertainment,
the studio is focused on the most cutting-edge approach to games for
the digital space as well as current and upcoming video game consoles.
About the LEGO Foundation
The LEGO Foundation was established in 1986 and bases all its activities
on the belief that every child has the right to play and learn. It owns
25% of the LEGO Group through its investment company. Through product
donations, funding and educational support combined with teacher
training and research programs, the LEGO Foundation makes LEGO products
accessible and applicable for children around the world regardless of
social status. Fostering the ability to build core competencies using
systematic creativity, logic and reasoning along with playfulness and
imagination, the goal is to create a positive impact by inspiring and
developing children and youth to become active citizens - and to
empower them to create their own future - through fun, creativity and
high quality learning.
About Brault & Bouthillier
For the past 65 years, Brault & Bouthillier has been promoting youth's
development and learning by offering a high quality, comprehensive, and
playful collection of educational and curriculum-based products. We
provide training and assistance to teaching professionals and to
parents wishing to see children thrive and achieve their full
SOURCE: Warner Bros. Games Montreal
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