VICTORIA — The Government of British Columbia has boosted funding to its Play to Learn STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program with a $230,000 one-time grant.
Play to Learn launched in B.C. in 2016 and has over 6,000 students in 96 Lower Mainland schools. The program expansion will be facilitated by DigiBC, and will give students opportunities to learn math, computer science, technology and coding used in video game design and other technology-related fields. The funds will expand beyond Metro Vancouver to other schools.
“Using game play to engage youth with technology has proven results. We care about the technology gap, and about exposing B.C. youth to the excellent careers in the creative technology industry in our province. This program, supported by the Ministry of Education, allows us to bring awareness of and engagement with B.C.’s creative industries to more B.C. high school students,” DigiBC executive director Brenda Bailey said in a statement.
DigiBC – the Interactive and Digital Media Industry Association of British Columbia – is based in Vancouver and represents 1,150 companies including Microsoft, Electronic Arts and Sony Imageworks as well as 16,500 people in the B.C. creative technology sector. The organization is member-supported and non-profit.
“B.C.’s thriving technology sector provides significant employment opportunities with tens of thousands of jobs that need to be filled. Our government is committed to increasing training and learning opportunities to help prepare our students for these in-demand jobs. These new funds will help students in all corners of the province follow their passions and achieve their future career goals,” said B.C. Minister of Education Rob Fleming.
The B.C. government is also supporting Symbiosis, a province-wide initiative run by Science World to provide equal and increased access to high quality education opportunities for B.C. youth.