Complimentary online STEM and coding programs designed for K-12 students now accessible
CALGARY, March 20, 2020 /CNW/ - In response to school closures across the country, MindFuel is now offering all its online K-12 STEM educational resources at no cost to all Canadians. This includes its online platforms, Wonderville English and Wonderville French, which contain large inventories of STEM learning resources, such as interactive games, live and animated videos, lesson plans, and more. Additionally, Codingville, a curriculum aimed to develop coding and digital skills, is freely accessible.
Recognizing that the country's education system is facing extreme challenges in light of the COVID-19 health pandemic, MindFuel is eager to ease the burden that school closures have had on students, teachers and parents. By having access to MindFuel's online resources at no cost, teachers can deliver STEM lessons via online learning and students can continue focusing on their STEM studies while they remain safe at home.
"For more than 30 years, MindFuel's mission has been to bring world-class STEM programming inside and outside of classrooms, across the country," said Cassy Weber, CEO, MindFuel. "While the health crisis has caused massive classroom disruptions, at MindFuel, we don't want to see students' learning suffer. Therefore, we're making all of our online programming free to students, teachers and parents across the country as a way to support school closures and continued learning."
"MindFuel recognizes the outstanding efforts of the federal and provincial governments, and many non-profits and charities in providing unprecedented support to Canadian citizens at home and abroad," said Shahauna Siddiqui, Chair, MindFuel. "As a registered charity supporting online learning to provinces across the country, I speak to governments on behalf of all charities and non-profits that are dependent on government funding, to continue emergency funding to ensure the non-profit sector is able to continue serving those in need and Canada's most vulnerable."
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For free online program details, visit the MindFuel/staysafe website here.
Founded in the 1980s by James (Jim) Gray, O.C., established as Science Alberta Foundation in 1990, MindFuel is a registered charity focused on creating future generations of innovators and problem-solvers. As a digital literacy and online learning pioneer, MindFuel is helping Canada diversify its economy through a focus on online STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education resources and in the field learning. MindFuel supports teachers with 21st century award-winning learning services and helps immerse students in the fun world of STEM through blended learning, which includes both digital and hands-on training, critical to advancing Canada's Innovation Agenda. MindFuel places a large emphasis on empowering girls, Indigenous youth and students in rural and remote regions to pursue studies and careers in STEM. In 2018-19, MindFuel programming reached hundreds of thousands of students across Canada in both French and English, and is used in over 170 countries around the world.
For more information on programming, please visit mindfuel.ca.
Codingville.ca enables students (grades 1-12) to learn coding, computational thinking and STEAM concepts with helpful tools and coding activities, designed to engage students of all ages in game-based learning and to enhance skills development. At the end of each course, students can create and share their very own applications/games they have built themselves! In addition, teachers have access to a teacher-training course, designed to support teachers' abilities to confidently deliver coding in the classroom and support students on their coding adventure.
For more information, and to access this free programming, please visit codingville.ca.
For further information: Media Contact: Cassy Weber, CEO - MindFuel, 403 - 615 - 1922, Email: [email protected]