Best Buy Canada announces secondary schools to receive funding for tech-based curriculums through Best Buy School Tech Grant program

  • From more than 220 applicants, 16 secondary schools across Canada have been awarded cash grants of up to $10,000 each
  • Recipients will use grants to enhance or integrate technology used in various courses, programs or extracurricular activities

Burnaby, BC, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy Canada is proud to announce the 16 secondary schools, selected from more than 220 applicants, to receive funding of up to $10,000 each for tech-based curriculums through the Best Buy School Tech Grant program. The recipient schools will use these grants to give students access to the latest in technology to help keep students motivated and inspired as they move towards post-secondary education.

“Exposure to technology has become essential for today’s youth but there is still a huge need for upgraded or increased technology in classrooms.” said Karen Arsenault, Community Relations Manager, Best Buy Canada. “In reviewing the applications, it was inspiring to see the passion of the teachers and principals who illustrated how much this technology will impact their students by providing diverse and innovative learning opportunities and, in some cases, simply leveling the playing field.”

The 16 schools receiving a Best Buy School Tech Grant are:

General Grants:

  • Frank Hurt Secondary – Surrey, BC
  • Braided Journeys Program, Edmonton Catholic School District – Edmonton, AB
  • École Secondaire Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School – Red Deer, AB
  • Kyle Composite School – Kyle, SK
  • Elmwood High School – Winnipeg, MB
  • Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School – St. Catharines, ON
  • Ridgemont High School – Ottawa, ON
  • The Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School – Aurora, ON
  • Vezina Secondary School – Attawapiskat, ON
  • Ecole secondaire Gérard-Filion – Longueuil, QC
  • St. Malachy’s Memorial High School – Saint John, NB

STEM Grants:

  • Burnaby South Secondary School – Burnaby, BC
  • Alpha II Alternative School – Toronto, ON
  • Ridgetown District High School – Ridgetown, ON
  • Ecole Marguerite-De Lajemmerais – Montréal, QC
  • Richmond Regional High School – Richmond, QC

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 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 16 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.

Best Buy Canada focuses its community investment on connecting youth with technology to inspire, motivate and empower their education. Through this mission, Best Buy has provided more than 140 Canadian schools with grants to purchase the 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 with the opportunity to apply for funding for new technology. Educators interested in being notified when grants are next available can email schoolgrants@bestbuycanada.ca.

For more information about Best Buy’s community investments, visit www.BestBuy.ca/Community.

About Best Buy

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY), Best Buy Canada Ltd. is one of Canada’s largest and most successful omni-channel retailers, operating the Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile and Geek Squad (www.geeksquad.ca) brands. With nearly 200 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores across Canada, and an expanded assortment of lifestyle products offered through BestBuy.ca, Best Buy is a leader in Total Retail, catering to customers how, when, and where they want to shop. Best Buy Canada is committed to making a positive impact in the community with programs and partnerships that support youth to connect with technology to advance their education. For more information visit BestBuy.ca.

Media Contact:

Christine Tam
E : ctam@bestbuycanada.ca
T : 604.809.3416

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Best Buy Canada opens Google shops in four Canadian cities

Toronto, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s a North American first: Best Buy stores in four Canadian cities are now home to large-scale Google shops, where consumers can fully experience the company’s family of hardware, like Pixel, Daydream View and Chromecast Ultra.

Google Canada’s “shop within a shop” spaces were officially opened today at the Best Buy location in Mississauga’s Heartland Town Centre, along with three others in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The exciting collaboration is part of Best Buy’s redesigned Experience Stores, and today’s opening marks the official culmination of the large coast-to-coast renovation plan that saw upgrades made to more than a dozen locations.

“We are thrilled about the launch of our newly renovated stores and to showcase the new Google shops,” says Ron Wilson, President and COO of Best Buy Canada. “We are committed to providing our customers with the best service and the most exciting tech. We can’t wait for the public to enjoy the special in-store experiences.”

In October, ten smaller Google shops were introduced in Best Buy stores. However, today marks the debut of the significantly larger scale shops which enable Google to showcase its family of hardware in an immersive retail space.

“We’re proud of the collaboration with Best Buy and their new Experience Stores, particularly as the concept aims to enhance the traditional way of shopping and aligns with Google’s immersive approach,” said Janell Fischer, Director of Retail Marketing at Google Inc. “Google shops bring a whole new way for shoppers to experience and interact with our products, complete with trained Google guides who will be onsite to offer one-on-one tech help.”

At Google shops, guests can go hands-on with Google products in interactive and experiential spaces. Shoppers can also experience Portal, an immersive super-sized display where they can ‘fly’ over anywhere on the planet through Google Earth, explore what people around the world are searching for and play other fun Google apps.

In addition to booking 1:1 appointments with Google guides, customers can also take part in hands-on daily workshops to learn the ins and outs of Google tech and sign up for unique and fun seasonal events, led by YouTube creators, popular tech experts, and more.

Best Buy Canada continues to be a leader online, recently being named the Best Omni-Channel Large Retailer for the third time in a row at the Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards.

“We’re really proud to bring Canadians together with Google’s tremendous new line of hardware, to experience the latest innovations first hand,” concluded Best Buy President & COO Ron Wilson. “This is exactly why we have redesigned our Experience Stores – to provide the perfect environment for enthusiastic people and bold new technologies to come together.”

About Best Buy

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY), Best Buy Canada Ltd. is one of Canada’s largest and most successful omni-channel retailers, operating the Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile and Geek Squad ( www.geeksquad.ca ) brands. With nearly 200 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores across Canada, and an expanded assortment of lifestyle products offered through BestBuy.ca , Best Buy is a leader in Total Retail, catering to customers how, when, and where they want to shop. Best Buy Canada is committed to making a positive impact in the community with programs and partnerships that support youth to connect with technology to advance their education. For more information visit BestBuy.ca .

For further information, contact:

Christine Tam
Manager
External Communications
Best Buy Canada
ctam@bestbuycanada.ca
604-809-3416

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Best Buy Canada opens applications from secondary schools for its Best Buy School Tech Grant program

BURNABY, BC, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy Canada is now accepting applications from secondary schools for their Best Buy School Tech Grant program, the retailer announced today (November 30, 2016). Financial grants of up to $10,000 are available for schools across the country looking to improve their technology offerings for classes or programs for students in Grades 9-12. Schools can submit their online applications until Thursday, December 22, 2016 at www.bestbuy.ca/schooltechgrants.

The School Tech Grant program exists to help reduce the economic and digital divide for youth by providing them with access to the technology they need to achieve their highest potential as they move into post-secondary education and the workforce.

“We continue to be inspired by the programs that Canadian secondary schools are offering today’s students, regardless of the resources they have available” said Andrea MacBeth, Community Relations Manager, Best Buy Canada. “As our grants allows schools to outline exactly how much funding and specifically what technology is needed, we get an insight into the creativity of teachers and the desires of students as they strive to take learning to the next level.

The Best Buy School Tech Grants are available in two categories:

  • General School Tech Grants are a way for schools to improve or integrate technology in their classrooms to advance student learning. Previous winners have used these grants to support tech needs in libraries, special needs classrooms, and literacy programs.
  • STEM School Tech Grants are for schools looking to add technology to programs with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM). Previous recipients include investments in robotics clubs, math or coding programs, makerspaces, and digital media courses.

Tips for educators looking to write a successful application include:

  • Illustrating how the technology purchased will inspire, motivate and empower students in their studies.
  • Outlining how the technology will bring innovation or equality to the classroom.
  • Illustrating the impact this new technology will have on the student experience and potential for learning.
  • Ensuring that the list of new technology purchased with the grant is reflective of the case made for a grant.

Since the program started, Best Buy Canada has awarded $2.3 million in grants to more than 130 Canadian schools as part of their ongoing commitment to supporting students and education in Canada.

About Best Buy

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY), Best Buy Canada Ltd. is one of Canada’s largest and most successful omni-channel retailers, operating the Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile and Geek Squad (www.geeksquad.ca) brands. With nearly 200 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores across Canada, and an expanded assortment of lifestyle products offered through BestBuy.ca, Best Buy is a leader in Total Retail, catering to customers how, when, and where they want to shop. Best Buy Canada is committed to making a positive impact in the community with programs and partnerships that support youth to connect with technology to advance their education. For more information visit BestBuy.ca.

Media contact:

Christine Tam
E : ctam@bestbuycanada.ca
T : 778.229.7532

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Best Buy Canada’s School Tech Grants program returns and now accepting applications

BURNABY, BC, 2016-Jun-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — This week, Best Buy Canada announced the return of the School Tech Grants program, which offers financial grants of up to $10,000 to schools for the purchase of new classroom technology. The program is currently accepting online applications from elementary schools (Grades K-8) across Canada at www.bestbuy.ca/schooltechgrants. Application deadline is Thursday, July 7, 2016 and recipients will be announced in September.

The School Tech Grant program is unique as it allows schools to outline exactly how much funding is needed and specifically what technology the schools need to take learning to the next level for their students.

“We continue to see a tremendous amount of interest from teachers and principals excited by the possibilities that can happen when students have access to technology,” said Andrea MacBeth, Community Relations Manager, Best Buy Canada. “We know how amazing technology can be and the impact it can have in the hands of students. Best Buy Canada wants to provide schools opportunities to access the latest in modern tech.”

The Best Buy School Tech Grants are available in two categories:

  • General School Tech Grants offer a way for schools to improve or integrate technology in their classrooms to advance student learning. Previous winners have used these grants to support tech needs in libraries, special needs classrooms, and literacy programs.
  • STEM School Tech Grants are available for schools looking to add technology to programs that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM). Previous recipients include investments in robotics clubs, math or coding programs, makerspaces, and digital media courses.

Since the program started, Best Buy Canada has awarded $2.3 million in grants to more than 100 Canadian schools as part of their ongoing commitment to supporting students and education in Canada.

New this year

Best Buy Canada has partnered with My Class Needs (MCN), a Canadian charity that connects classroom projects with donors through a crowdfunding website. Together, Best Buy and MCN will be providing the opportunity for elementary school teachers to apply for micro-grants of up to $1000 for new tech. This additional funding aims to support individual classroom projects related to Science, Technology, Engineering or Math with the technology needed to either be established or grow.

“We are thrilled to partner with Best Buy Canada on this new initiative,” said Amy Coupal, MCN CEO.  “The support of Best Buy allows MyClassNeeds.ca to bring innovative resources to more schools across Canada and directly impact the educational experience of students. I’m grateful for Best Buy Canada’s leadership and commitment to supporting students by giving them greater access to innovative learning resources.”

Teachers can apply for a Best Buy School Tech Micro Grant through MyClassNeeds.ca from July 18 – September 9, 2016.

About Best Buy Canada

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY), Best Buy Canada Ltd. is one of Canada’s largest and most successful omni-channel retailers, operating the Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile and Geek Squad (www.geeksquad.ca) brands. With nearly 200 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores across Canada, and an expanded assortment of lifestyle products offered through BestBuy.ca, Best Buy is a leader in Total Retail, catering to customers how, when, and where they want to shop. Best Buy Canada is committed to making a positive impact in the community with programs and partnerships that support youth to connect with technology to advance their education. For more information visit BestBuy.ca.

About MCN

My Class Needs Foundation is a registered charity (86821 1376 RR0001) that enhances the learning environment in Canadian publicly funded schools by linking teachers to donors who want to support them through the crowdfunding platform MyClassNeeds.ca. The process is easy, accessible and fully transparent. MyClassNeeds.ca provides the opportunity for organizations and individual donors to enhance the educational experience of students across the country by leveling the playing field in terms of schools’ access to resources. Since MyClassNeeds.ca launched in 2013 they have raised over $1,278,000, funded over 1,275 projects and enhanced the learning experience of over 61,500 students. For more information go to myclassneeds.ca

Media Contact:

Rivka Lipsey
E: rlipsey@bestbuycanada.ca
P: 604-219-1833

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Best Buy Canada took over Yonge-Dundas Square to host the first-ever Best Buy Life & Tech Wearable Tech Expo and Fashion Show

TORONTO, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Best Buy Canada took over Yonge-Dundas Square to host the first-ever Best Buy Life & Tech Wearable Tech Expo and Fashion Show. Throughout the day, guests enjoyed an interactive look at the latest in wearable technology from nearly 30 exhibitors showcasing everything from health and fitness, life-logging cameras, smartwatches, wearable audio, gaming, virtual reality, gesture control, and even baby and pet tech.

The free event included two wearable tech fashion shows, panel discussions with industry experts, a live musical performance put on by The House of Marley, and more. Guests were also among the first in Canada to experience the HTC Vive truck and demo the virtual reality system by HTC and Valve, as well as brand new gear from Motorola, among others.

Celebrities:

Additionally, guests were offered the chance to meet and interact with celebrities, athletes and musicians throughout the day, including professional basketball players, Patrick Patterson,who captivated fans at TheHouse of Marley wearable audio display, and James Johnson at the Blast Motion Shooting Clinic; Elvis Stojko, Olympian, race car driver and Muse brain-sensing headband super-user; and Canadian PGA golfer Jason Helman who offered demos of Zepp’s swing analyzers. Guests were also be treated to a free live concert by celebrated Jamaican reggae and hip-hop artist, Ky-Mani Marley,on behalf of The House of Marley.

Electrifying wearable tech fashion shows:

The Best Buy Life & Tech Wearable Tech Expo included two fashion shows featuring some of the trendiest wearable technology products alongside an exclusive capsule collection designed by Canadian designer and winner of Project Runway Canada Season 2,Sunny Fong of VAWK. Models and celebrity guests strutted the runway, including Minecraft YouTube stars MrWoofless andPrestonPlayz rocking the Gameband Minecraft Bracelet and ended with Phoebe Dykstra, former TV host and veejay, showcasingBellabeat smart jewelry.

Dazzling demonstrations:

Guests experienced interactive demos and unique activations around Samsung’s latest Gear VR and Gear S smartwatch, life-logging video with iON Cameras SnapCam, andBasis, Intel Company, smartwatches, all available exclusively at Best Buy in Canada. Other unique products featured include TomTom’s Runner Cardio GPS Watch, a fitness and GPS tracker, Blast Motion’s sensors for sport, smartwatches from Garmin and blood pressure monitors, activity trackers and other health tech from iHealth and Withingsand more. A real head-turner was the HTC Vive truck that made its one and only stop in Canada to offer guests the chance to be among the first in the country to experience HTC’s Vive virtual reality system.  Several other products debuted at the event, including Motorola’s Moto 360 Collection, the brand’s second generation of smartwatches, available for pre-order beginning Sept. 8, exclusively at Best Buy in Canada.

Panels:

Four exclusive panel discussions with industry experts and celebrity guests were held throughout the day on topics such as: an overview of wearable tech and its growing popularity, how this new technology elevates health and fitness, the rise in virtual reality and gesture control and how wearables impact the world of sports and entertainment. Panelists included Elvis Stojko, Rohan Marley, director of The House of Marley, former CFL player and son of the legendary Bob Marley, and Tom Emrich, wearable tech expert and founder of We Are Wearables. For a full schedule and list of the participating panelists, click here.

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Event hashtag: #LifeandTech

About Best Buy Canada, Ltd.
As a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY), Best Buy Canada Ltd. is one of Canada’s largest and most successful omni-channel retailers, operating the Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile and Geek Squad (www.geeksquad.ca) brands. With nearly 200 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores across Canada, and an expanded assortment of lifestyle products offered through BestBuy.ca, Best Buy is a leader in Total Retail, catering to customers how, when, and where they want to shop. Best Buy Canada is committed to making a positive impact in the community with programs and partnerships that support youth to connect with technology to advance their education. For more information visit BestBuy.ca.

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