Abu Dhabi students learn game development

Programme is part of a partnership between ADEC, AMD is designed to enhance students STEM skills

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Abu Dhabi students learn game development AMD and the Abu Dhabi Education Council have formed a partnership deisnged to improve students skills in maths, technology, engineering and science.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  July 13, 2011

Students and teachers in Abu Dhabi will be able to enhance their skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) with game design workshops and teacher training programmes through a partnership between Abu Dhabi Education Council and the AMD Foundation.

Ten teachers and 77 Emirati students, both female and male, in grades 9 to 12 will take part in hands-on, gaming technology workshops through AMD Foundation's Changing the Game education programme, which teaches young people how to create their own video games around important social issues.

"Our goal is to bolster STEM skills in youth, thereby providing a strong foundation for future generations to pursue critical technological careers," said Allyson Peerman, president, AMD Foundation. "We look forward to sharing our knowledge with classroom leaders in the region as a means to shape the development of Emirati talent and the future leaders of the technology industry."

This programme is the first time ADEC, AMD and the AMD Foundation have collaborated to equip teachers with transferrable knowledge and tools to train new instructors on game design.

The programme began on 10th July and will run until 21st July at the Al Marwah School in Abu Dhabi and will involve students in game design workshops, community service programmes and digital literacy boot camps. These workshops are designed to aid students to improve their STEM skills, critical thinking and problem solving abilities.

The programme will also instruct teachers on how to best implement these STEM improvement strategies in classrooms, schools, and learning environments around Abu Dhabi.

"This partnership demonstrates AMD's and ADEC's commitment to the educational development of Emirati students and will help advance the 2030 Economic Vision for Abu Dhabi," said Dr Mugheer Khamis Al-Khaili, the director general of ADEC. "AMD Changing the Game pairs learning with professional development in a novel and intriguing way. Through this programme, students will enhance their own STEM skills and Abu Dhabi teachers will further develop their skill set to help educate and motivate our youth."

Students and teachers in the programme will work with AMD Foundation's educational partner, PETLab at Parsons The New School for Design, to learn game design skills using Activate!, a video game design and programming website. The site is designed to measurably enhance core competences in students while building awareness of pressing social issues.

The teachers selected to deliver the programme to students will receive three days of extensive training, then will observe the Parsons instructors through the first week of the programme and lead the programme the following week.

The Abu Dhabi programme is funded by the AMD Foundation and ADEC, and is part of the Advanced Technology Investment Company's (ATIC) Summer of Semiconductors programme for G9-12 Emirati students.

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