As part of our ongoing commitment to promoting creative technology-related educational initatives in the province, DigiBC is asking for your support through sponsorship of a new BC Game Developers Innovation Award, in conjunction with the Science Fair Foundation of B.C. This is a new award for students participating in science fairs across the province in February, March and April 2018.
The Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia serves to support, organize, stage and fundraise for science fairs in BC. This extends to local, regional, national and international science fairs where students supported by the foundation have consistently produced high standard projects. In British Columbia, 14 regional fairs are part of the nearly 100 fairs held every year across Canada. Each fair is affiliated with Youth Science Canada. For more information please go to - www.sciencefairs.ca
The BC Game Developers Innovation Award will be given to the student(s) whose project demonstrates creativity and innovation in computer science, mathematics, engineering or astronomy. The award encourages the participation of women, First Nations, and others traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.
Open to students in grades 7 to 12, the award includes a $50 cash prize for a junior project (grade 7-8), $100 for intermediate (9-10) and $150 for senior (11-12), and will be awarded at all 14 regional science fairs. We also hope to provide winning students with the opportunity to visit a game development studio as part of their prize.
The BC Game Developers Innovation Award represents a great opportunity to give back to our local communities, promote STEM education in BC and generate some positive publicity for BC game developers.
Science fairs are a great way to encourage young people into science, technology, engineering and math-related activities and careers. These fairs offer students in grades 4-12 the opportunity to create original scientific research or innovative projects which are then displayed at various levels of competition. They are offered at the school, district, regional, national and international levels. Supported by the Science Fair Foundation BC, 14 regions of the province will hold local fairs in February, March and April 2018 where students will be selected for Team BC - to represent their region at the national competition held in Ottawa, Ontario from May 12-19, 2018.
The idea grew out of a discussion between Yggy King at Blackbird Interactive in Vancouver, and Eric Jordan of Victoria's Codename Entertainment. They already have half a dozen developers from Kelowna, Victoria and the Lower Mainland contributing both through sponsorship and direct involvement with the SFF BC organization. We would love to find sponsors from as many regions in BC as possible to make this a truly provincial-wide award.
What You'll Get
Any DigiBC member company who provides $1,000 in sponsorship will receive:
- Their logo on www.sciencefairs.ca
- Acknowledgement in promotional materials
- Acknowledgement on the Science Fair Foundation BC website
- Acknowledgement on SFF BC social media channels
In addition, if you would like to be involved in the fair for your region, you can help adjudicate the award, attend the ceremony and help to present the Game Developers Award, and optionally host winning students for a visit to your company office. There are also likely to be opportunities for local media coverage. Not to mention the warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from helping students participate in science-based learning. If sponsorship is oversubscribed we plan to use the remaining funds for any or all of:
- Plaques for student winners to commemorate their achievements
- Additional sponsorship to the Science Fair Foundation
- Travel subsidy for students to visit the nearest game studio sponsor
- Putting funds aside to support science fairs in future years
If you would like to contribute to this co-sponsored award then please let us know. The deadline is November 15, 2017
We look forward to your support!