Thank You AMD and the AMD Foundation!

April 6, 2010 at 4:48 pm Leave a comment

We are very pleased to announce that for the second consecutive year, our East Austin College Prep Academy (EACPA) has been awarded two grants totaling approximately $136,000 from AMD and the AMD Foundation.

The grants, as part of AMD’s Changing the Game education initiative, will enable the EACPA to add a new grade and double the number of students participating in the World Wide Workshop Foundation’s cutting-edge Globaloria game-design program. Additionally, AMD will fund a second technology laboratory for students, featuring 30 HP notebooks with AMD processors and ATI graphics.

The World Wide Workshop Foundation is a global foundation for developing educational technology applications that intertwine social media technology and game production. Globaloria is an intensive in-school game development curriculum and social networking platform that prepares students ages 13 and older from underserved communities to use technology to become active, socially conscious global cybercitizens.

The 2010 grants are given in support of AMD’s signature education initiative, AMD Changing the Game. The initiative promotes social issue game development as a tool to inspire youth to learn, improve their science, technology, education and math (STEM) skills, and become more attuned to global social issues such as the environment, energy, public health and poverty.

“Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. AMD Changing the Game and the Globaloria program share a goal of using technology, and particularly game development, to harness students’ curiosity and creativity, boost their confidence, enrich their educational experience and expand their global awareness,” said Allyson Peerman, president, AMD Foundation. “We commend Southwest Key’s East Austin College Prep Academy for being such a pioneer in choosing to make this innovative game design program an integral part of their curriculum.”

“In 2009 we partnered with the AMD Foundation and Southwest Key to launch the first ever comprehensive, school-wide game-design program for STEM learning at EACPA: Globaloria at EACPA. Our strong partnership resulted in a hugely successful program and fueled our desire to expand the program this year,” said Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, Founder and President, World Wide Workshop Foundation. “We are proud to continue working to implement a program that is designed to enhance learning, innovation, entrepreneurship and an understanding of the world among students in the East Austin community.”

Our EACPA opened its doors in fall 2009 and is located on our East Austin Family Center campus. The school had 92 6th grade students last year and we expect to more than double attendance this fall by adding a 7th grade class to the school. With the AMD grant, EACPA will not only continue the implementation of the Globaloria program, but also will establish a second technology lab, and hire a second Globaloria teacher and a full time Information Technology professional to support the program.

From all of us at Southwest Key Programs, the East Austin College Prep Academy and especially the students, thank you AMD and the AMD Foundation!!

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