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Video games aren’t just for shooting zombies anymore.
The Pepsi-sponsored Refresh Everything project is looking for new and innovative ideas that could win corporate sponsorship. The categories range from education and health to art and culture and include green ideas for the planet. Pepsi will give away increments of $5,000, $25,000, $50,000 and $250,000 for the ideas that receive the most votes on the Refresh Everything website.
For Feir Johnson, this is an opportunity to launch her idea for an educational video game that focuses on literacy. An English teacher and an award winner, Johnson is looking to expand the reach of literacy programs.
The project is called How to Grow a Sentence, and Johnson is hoping to see it span from the most basic levels of sentence structure to the most complex.
The game content will focus on Canadian facts and history, as well as information about Canada’s First Nations, past and present.
Johnson is also hoping the project will have an online component, making it accessible to a wider audience. On the website, Johnson says, "Although many literacy projects exist for reading, this is the one that addresses the writing component!"
She is hoping Niagara will be the central "hub" for this project and allow the game to be distributed to the surrounding areas.
Voting for Johnson’s idea ended on Dec. 31, but for more information on the Refresh Everything project, visit refresheverything.com and cast your vote for the next great Canadian idea.