Education and Early Childhood Development
High school students to explore career opportunities in provincewide competition13 September 2016
FREDERICTON (GNB) – High school students across New Brunswick will take part this month in a provincial educational competition.
ChatterHigh is an online educational game that engages students, teachers and parents in labour market information and career planning.
“This is an innovative way to encourage students to start thinking about their future,” said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault. “By being exposed to various career possibilities through the competition, students will be better informed to make decisions about their future and will have important tools to help them navigate that stage of their life.”
Participants research and answer 10 questions each day that relate to various careers. Each correct answer will earn their school one point. Post-secondary institutions in New Brunswick will provide questions for students to answer. The questions will require students to watch a video series on labour market information on the provincial government YouTube channel, visit NBjobs.ca and other online resources including the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation.
“ChatterHigh is an innovative way to get kids engaged and thinking about their futures,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “I hope to see all of our high-school students and teachers involved in the competition.”
The competition will run from Sept. 19 to Oct. 28. The 17 schools with the most points will receive a monetary prize. Schools with a similar number of students will be competing against each other and prize money will be proportionally allocated to the top winners of each pool. Schools can use the winnings at their discretion for a school-community project.
The Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour has provided $5,000 for the winning schools.
"With a tsunami of information online, researching options can be overwhelming for today's youth,” said Lee Taal, founder and CEO of EdTech ChatterHigh. “As a result, many students are not aware of the resources and pathways available to them, even in their own province. New Brunswick is a leader in adopting innovative platforms to help their students. We are pleased to partner with them to run a provincewide competition using our online educational game to make exploring this information fun."