Celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday with a Tech Twist

By: Yasmin Ranade

April 3, 2017

With July 1st only a few months away, Whatsyourtech.ca is pleased to begin its celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday by highlighting Canadian tech innovations and efforts that pay tribute to Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary.

Do you have a doodler in your home? Doodle 4 Google is a chance for young Canadians to dream and think big. And, to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, Google is asking students to submit doodles using the theme: “What I see for Canada’s future.

Google is inviting K-12 students across Canada to create their very own Google doodle. Submissions will close on May 2.  Twelve12 finalists will be revealed on May 22, and the public votes for the winner from May 22 until June 2. Google will announce the winner on June 13. How to get started information can be found, here. Canadian YouTube stars Mitch and Greg from asapScience are guest bloggers for the competition, and are encouraging young Canadians to submit their doodle – hand-sketched or computer-aided – to celebrate Canada’s birthday.

The winning Doodle will be featured on the Google.ca homepage for a day for millions to see, plus the winning artist will receive a $10,000 university scholarship, a $10,000 education award for his or her school and a paid trip to the final Doodle 4 Google event in June.

Samsung Canada is also paying homage to Canada’s 150th birthday with its 2017 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge. The national educational initiative aims to inspire Canadian students to reach their full potential and get closer to STEM subjects by applying STEM to help solve community issues. Samsung will award 150 Finalist schools with technology grants, with four of these 150 schools having a chance to be awarded one of four grand prize technology grants, valued at $20,000 each.

Teachers of classrooms from Grades 6 to 12 can now enter the contest on behalf of their class at solvefortomorrow.ca by April 13th, 2017. All eligible entries will be judged based on the criteria outlined in the Official Rules.

Mark Childs,
Chief Brand Officer,
Samsung Electronics Canada

“In a year where we celebrate Canada’s 150th, we are committed to helping the bright minds of the next 150 reach their full potential through STEM education, benefiting the Canadian communities they call home,” said Mark Childs, Chief Brand Officer, Samsung Electronics Canada.

Solve for Tomorrow is supported by The Learning Partnership, a national charitable organization dedicated to advancing public education in Canada, and Let’s Talk Science, a charitable youth development organization which creates and delivers free STEM learning programs and services that support educators and strengthen student learning outcomes.

Whatsyourtech.ca acknowledges all Canadians working together to make Canada one of the best countries in the world in which to live and work, especially those studying and working in STEM. If you or your organization is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday in a unique way involving technology, please contact us.

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