[Editor’s Note: The winners have been chosen. We received many creative and enthusiastic entries. Congratulations to:
Glenmerry Elementary School in Trail BC
Ralph McCall School in Airdrie AB
and Scarborough Village Alternative Public School in Scarborough ON.
Each of these schools have won a Google Expeditions prize package!]
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
- Email: Videos can be submitted by sending your video link to firstname.lastname@example.org during the open submissions period of this contest with the subject line: Video Submission: Google Expeditions Contest. School Name.
- 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.
|We frequently have many contests running at Best Buy so check out the “contests in progress” page for more great contests to enter.|