[Editor’s Note: The previous deadline of May 28 has been extended to June 4, 2017 to allow more time for Canadian schools to complete their amazing videos telling us who they are and why their students should win one of three Google Expeditions Kit prizes.]

Field trips are great for kids. Unfortunately, due to logistics, expense and numerous other factors, most really cool trips are not even contemplated—the Great Wall of China, for example. However, Google has designed a great kit, Google Expeditions, that can help kids get a lot of the benefits of travelling to exotic destinations away from the classroom using the coolest technology available, virtual reality (VR). Take your classroom to distant lands, to ancient cities, or to the depths of the ocean. Google Expeditions is revolutionary. Enter your school for a chance to win one of three Google Expeditions kits from Best Buy and Google, and your students will explore the world like never before.

I am incredibly impressed with this technology. Any school with this technology will instantly be able to bring the world to its students. Research has shown that students with more field trip activities at school are better critical thinkers, have higher historical empathy, and higher cultural tolerance. I truly believe that students who take the virtual field trips to distant lands and times long past offered through Google Expeditions will be more aware of their history, their relationship with the rest of the planet, and be more well rounded individuals.

First watch this video that explains a little about Google Expeditions, then read the details about how to enter to win a Google Expeditions kit for your school.


What equipment comes with a Google Expeditions kit

Each kit comes with virtual reality viewers, student devices and a teacher device. The plastic VR viewers are comfortable and durable. Insert the carefully crafted student device into the viewer and the student is all set to start an expedition. The 10 inch teacher device enables the teacher to control the VR experience for all of the students at once. Expedition kits will be available in a range of sizes from Best Buy: all of the prizes for this contest will contain enough devices for 10 students to enjoy the experience at a time.

Who can enter this contest*

  • Canadian elementary schools
  • Canadian high schools
  • One entry per school submitted via the school’s official email address or social media account, or the official email address or social media account of a faculty member

How to enter

We want you to have fun with your video! You have up to two minutes to show us who you are, give us a feel of your school, and tell us why your students should win a Google Expeditions kit.

Videos will be judged on:

  • Creativity – Think outside the box and do something different!
  • Originality – Show us who you are!
  • Relevance – Explain why you think your school deserves this awesome prize!

Remember to include the name of your school and your city within your video

  1. Email: Videos can be submitted by sending your video link to laurmitchell@bestbuycanada.ca during the open submissions period of this contest with the subject line: Video Submission: Google Expeditions Contest. School Name.
  2. Social Media: Videos can be submitted through social media via YouTube or Facebook upload. Schools must tag Best Buy Canada and use the official contest hashtag (#ExploreWithVR)

Please remember, all submitted content must be your own, and by submitting a video you agree to the contest rules and regulations (available at the bottom of this article)

What will you win

The top three videos will each receive one 10-student Google Expeditions kit valued at $6,000 for their school.

This contest will run from May 15, 2017 to June 4, 2017.  Winners will be announced on June 12th.

Remember: you must submit a creative video from your schools social channels or email and include the official hashtag #ExploreWithVR. This is a great prize so only the best videos will win. Tell your friends, your kids’ schools, and any teachers in your life. They would not want to miss this amazing opportunity to enrich the lives of the children in their care.

Good Luck


We frequently have many contests running at Best Buy so check out the “contests in progress” page for more great contests to enter.


Google Expeditions Video Contest Rules and Regulations

* this competition is not open in Quebec


  1. Hi Martin, I am going through the rule and regulations and had a quick question. Can the video include commercial music? Like a music bed? Or does the video need to be 100% original, free from copyright content.

    • As this was not stated in the rules there are no restrictions like that for the submission. However, I request a ton of videos from the writers who review products for the blog and since I give them the freedom to experiment (I want their perspective to be honest and original so customers get an accurate, and interesting take on whatever product it is). As such sometimes the writer will include commercial video or even film footage (if the review is of a TV for example) and YouTube will often block that video from showing due to copyright issues. It’s annoying since the writer will then have to edit out the commercial content which takes a lot more work.

      It’s something to be aware of in case you plan to load it to a service like YouTube.

  2. This sounds like a great contest. Just a a quick question. Do devices (the phones) come provided in the kit given or do they have to bought separately in order to utilize these kits? Thanks!

    • Yes. As I wrote above, “Each kit comes with virtual reality viewers, student devices and a teacher device.” The student devices are like phones; they fit into the viewers to create the VR experience. The teacher device is a tablet that enables the teacher to control everything the students experience during their virtual field trips.

    • Hi Julie,
      We understand that there are many Canadian schools that teach in French or have French immersion programs so both French and English can be part of your school’s identity, so yes you can include French in the Video. However, the prize, Google Expeditions, is not yet available in French (which is why Best Buy was not able to offer this contest in Quebec) so if your school won you would still receive an English prize.
      Good Luck!

  3. This sounds like a really cool contest. I’m going to share it with everyone I know who works at a school.