Emily Follensbee Students Receive Inclusive Excellence Award for Level Up Calgary Submission

Jun. 14, 2023

​​​Students from the Calgary Board of Education, Calgary Catholic School Division, and Rocky View Schools recently participated in Level Up Calgary: Achievement Unlocked, a Minecraft Education design challenge. This challenge offered all students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 an opportunity to submit their creative designs, built in a customized Minecraft world depicting downtown Calgary. While navigating the digital world, students were able to choose from 4 different prominent Calgary sites to provide a design concept that reimagined public spaces, reflect vibrancy and sustainability, while making a direct connection to one or more of three noted resiliencies: economic, social and climate.

Each student submission was reviewed by a panel of community e​xperts, and The City of Calgary hosted an online student awards ceremony on June 14, 2023. Students and educators from Emily Follensbee School, a specialized CBE sch​ool that provides educational programs for students attending Kindergarten to Grade 8 with complex learning needs, submitted an exceptional collaborative design that received the Inclusive Excellence Award, a special recognition by Calgary’s Mayor, Jyoti Gondek and CBE’s Chief Superintendent of Schools, Christopher Usih.

The Emily Follensbee​ submission featured student concepts built on 3rd street SE, outside of Calgary Central Public Library. This site’s challenge was for students to design a flexible, inclusive multi-use outdoor space that promotes literacy, fosters curiosity and unleashes creativity, and the Emily Follensbee student submission delivered just that.