DSBN Academy

March Break Niagara 2017 Information Package

Join Every1Games for our March Break Niagara 2017  Creative Production program. From March 13 to March 17, participants learn skills valuable for creative production in digital media. Participants engage in workshops and activities designed to be flexible helping participants meet personal goals made at the beginning of the week.

Topics include :

We have invited local members of the digital media community and industry to come to our program and share their experience.

A travel day is also planned for the Thursday March 16 to give participants the preparation and practice to safely, and independently, travel to inclusive venues in the downtown St.Catharines community. (Based on Every1Games popular Keep Calm and Travel ON Autism Travel Training program!)

The cost of the program is $500. The program will run Monday March 13 to Friday March 17 from 10AM to 4PM at the DSBN Academy located at 130 Louth Street in St. Catharines.

Instructors

David Bernard, (289) 992-9214

David Bernard

Gilian Thomas, (289) 990-4262

GilE1GBio

 

Where and When will it be?

The March Break Game Design program will take place at the DSBN Academy which is located at 130 Louth Street in St. Catharines from Monday March 13 to Friday March 17from 10AM to 4PM. The program itself will take place in Room 145. A map of the location of the DSBN Academy can be found here.

If you are driving yourself

The program will be taking place at the DSBN Academy which is located at 130 Louth Street (between Pelham Road and Rykert Street) in St. Catharines. Participants driving themselves can park in the school parking lot which is located by the main entrance.

If you are being dropped off/picked up

Participants can be dropped off/picked up at the back iHub entrance of DSBN Academy, 130 Louth St.  This door will be open for drop off at the beginning of the day and there is a doorbell at the door of this entrance which will notify us to open the doors to allow guardians to come in for pick up. Participants under 18 will need to be signed in by a parent/guardian unless arranged before. Please email engage@every1games.ca to confirm independent sign in/ sign out.  There is a plenty of parking in the school’s parking lot near the entrance if you need to park a vehicle

If you are taking the bus

Participants taking public transit can take Route 3 (Pelham Road) from the Downtown terminal. The bus will stop in front of a bus shelter just before the driveway of the DSBN Academy and the Rykert Street intersection. Participants will need to walk down the sidewalk located to the right of the driveway of the DSBN Academy which will lead them to the front entrance of the school where one of our staff members will be present to meet them. For participants living outside of St. Catharines, Regional Transit is also available. For transit routes and times please visit the websites for Niagara Regional Transit or the St. Catharines Transit Commission that are provided below.

St. Catharines Transit Commission

http://www.yourbus.com/routes-schedules/

Niagara Region Transit

http://www.niagararegion.ca/transit/

How to get to the room

The program will take place in Room 145 at the DSBN Academy. Participants can enter through the back entrance to the DSBN Academy, marked “iHub” . To get to this entrance, simply travel past the main entrance and down past the left side of the building.  Once through this entrance, take the first right turn in the hall and we will be in the first class on the left.  If the door is locked, please feel free to use the door bell at this entrance and a facilitator will come to the main entrance to let you in.

Meals and Breaks

Participants will have two 15 minute break and an hour for lunch in the schedule. Please bring enough snacks and a lunch for the day.

It is highly suggested that a lunch is packed for everyday, however there is a Tim Hortons down the road from our location. If a student does require to purchase food, please inform your facilitators first thing in the morning so a trip to buy a meal can be coordinated for lunch period

NOTE ON BREAKS: There are breaks in the schedule. E1G promotes a low-anxiety environment. If you need to take a break between scheduled break times that is appropriate, please let the facilitator know

Environment

The Every1Games Niagara March Break Game Design Program will primarily take place in Room 145 at the DSBN Academy.  This is an large open shared office space known as the iHub space. Typically , program is conducted in the center of the sitting at a circle of tables by a projector. There are also couches availible in the room for more comfortable sitting. We will be using laptops to do our work in this program, so it is possible to move and find the best place in the class to work for you

Winter Storm Cancellation Procedure

Due to the fact that this program will be taking place during the winter, we ask that all participants and parents/guardians pay attention to the weather forecasts on and before program days. In the event that our program is cancelled for the day due to severe winter weather or a closure of the DSBN Academy campus, all registered participants will be phoned the morning the program is scheduled to take place. In the event of a cancellation, please contact Niagara Program Manager David Bernard at (289) 992-9214 or at engage@every1games.ca for rescheduling details.

March Break Checklist for Participants and/or Gaurdians

  • I have created an account at every1games.ca (for participants) and completed the profile. Please note this is important as it will be the phone number we contact for emergencies.
  • I have paid the invoice sent to me by accounting@every1games.ca or made payment arrangements.
  • I have notified the Program Manager of any allergies, accommodations or learning goals not mentioned in the online profile.
  • I have read the information package and planned my travel route.

 

What Should I Bring?

  • Lunch and Snacks
  • Water Bottle
  • Headphones
  • USB Key to save work and take home
  • Comfort / Stim items are encouraged
  • Cell Phone (give number to facilitator)
  • Mobile Gaming Device

Please note that we are not responsible for lost or stolen items. We will do our best to make sure that we help participants leave with everything they’ve brought! Mobile gaming devices like tablets or 3DS etc. are certainly allowed during break times.

Create an account and register today using our sign up page here!