Three Cheers for the AMD Foundation: Supporting Educational Gaming Programs for Girls!

March 30, 2009 at 7:57 pm 2 comments

Camp1Girlstart would like to recognize the AMD Foundation’s outstanding support of our Project IT Girl program. With help from the AMD Foundation, Girlstart’s high school participants attended a week-long program where they examined gender equity in gaming and computer science, explored the power of video games and other media technology to effect social change, and developed a virtual awareness event about their findings in Teen Second Life.

Through this program, girls developed fundamental STEM workforce skills, including both vital technical skills like programming and game development and essential conceptual skills like program management, critical thinking, problem solving, and communication. This support was made possible through a new AMD Foundation initiative: AMD Changing the Game.

amd22In 2008, the AMD Foundation launched AMD Changing the Game to support programs that inspire youth to learn critical education and life skills by equipping them to create digital games with social content. AMD Changing the Game supports nonprofit organizations or schools that teach youth how to develop games, targeting kids aged 13 to 18. Particular emphasis is placed on programs that teach disadvantaged youth in the communities where AMD does business around the world.

Thank you, AMD!

–Jessica

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  • 2. Rosemary Bayer  |  April 2, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Congratulations on a wonderful program! The Michigan Council of Women in Technology and it’s Foundation appreciate the work, energy and expertise that goes into one of these programs! We’ve been running our summer camps and high school clubs for 5 years now, and have also learned how extremely valuable they are in promoting gender equity in STEM.

    It all comes down to 3 things:
    – Capability (hands on, show them they can do it!)
    – Coolness (your peers and people near you love it, so it’s okay for you to do it, too)
    – Fun (gaming, robots, other totally fun things to do – makes you want to keep doing it!)

    Congrats to you – and it would be great to learn more about what and how you did it! You can see all about our girls tech summer camp on our site (mcwtf.org), including a full blueprint of how to do you own!

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