Boys & Girls Clubs of Ontario and York University receive more than
$120,000 to boost student's science, technology, engineering and math
TORONTO, May 17 /CNW/ - The AMD Foundation today announced grants of more than $125,000 for educational programs
that mark the non-profit's expansion into Canada. The grants were
awarded to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada and Friends of York
University at the 2011 INplay Conference. The awards support AMD's
education initiative, AMD Changing the Game, which is designed to inspire students' interest in science,
technology, engineering and math (STEM) by creating video games.
"The AMD Foundation is committed to partnering with organizations that
can help us meet students on common ground to build critical STEM
skills," said Allyson Peerman, President of the AMD Foundation. "The
Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada and York University are innovators in the
education space and the perfect partners to help us grow educational
game design curricula in Canada."
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada will receive $45,000 to create two new computer labs with Acer
computers powered by AMD Fusion APUs and $32,000 to deploy Game Tech
pilot programs that will familiarize students with video game design
principles and the STEM skills involved in the process.
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to expand our technology
learning programs for youth by enabling our Club members to access Game
Tech," said Pam Jolliffe, CEO and President, Boys & Girls Clubs of
Canada. "Using game design to support youth in their learning and get
them excited about learning is an innovative approach that we think
will encourage our youth to be actively engaged."
The Ontario grants are the most recent collaboration between AMD
Changing the Game and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada. The Game Tech
curriculum offers Club members ages 9-13 the opportunity to explore
video game design and teaches systems thinking, introductory
programming and problem-solving skills. The program is also designed to
expose members to gaming career fields.
Friends of York University will receive $15,000 to create a computer lab equipped with AMD-based
technology, and $35,000 to develop after school programs that encourage
girls aged 13-15 to make use of video game design as a way to harness
the power of new media development for under-privileged youth in the
Greater Toronto/York Region. After school programs will be enhanced
with a summer camp opportunity that will provide access for additional
students, supplemental mentoring and confidence building opportunities.
"York University researchers are making new breakthroughs in digital
media and gaming," said Stan Shapson, Vice-President Research &
Innovation at York University. "We are excited to partner with the AMD
Foundation to extend our research and outreach into the pedagogy of
gaming to engage high school girls. These opportunities will provide
students with technical skills while giving the participants insight
into careers in the gaming and digital media industries."
AMD Changing the Game AMD Changing the Game is designed to take gaming beyond entertainment and inspire youth to
learn critical education and life skills by equipping them to create
digital games with social content. The program's purpose is to promote
the use of youth game development as a tool to inspire learning and
improve science, technology, education and math (STEM) skills. The
initiative is rooted in AMD's long history of supporting education,
along with the company's passion and expertise in the graphics
processor and gaming industries.
Since its launch in June 2008, AMD Changing the Game has:
About the AMD Foundation The AMD Foundation connects and empowers individuals with knowledge,
thereby opening doors to opportunity. The Foundation's signature
program, AMD Changing the Game, supports initiatives designed to help
youth harness the power of digital games with social content, while
learning critical Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
skills and life skills. The Foundation also funds the AMD Employee
Giving Program which supports AMD employees' community interests by
matching their personal donations of time and money to local
organizations and schools.
AMD (NYSE: AMD) is a semiconductor design innovator leading the next era
of vivid digital experiences with its groundbreaking AMD Fusion
Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) that power a wide range of
computing devices. AMD's server computing products are focused on driving industry-leading cloud computing and virtualization
environments. AMD's superior graphics technologies are found in a
variety of solutions ranging from game consoles, PCs to supercomputers.
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