In a novel approach to enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills among teens, AMD and the AMD Foundation have teamed up with the Abu Dhabi Education Council to offer game design workshops and teacher training.
This is the first time ADEC, AMD and the AMD Foundation have collaborated on a program that equips teachers with transferrable knowledge and tools to train new instructors on game design.
Ten teachers and 77 Emirati female and male students from grades 9 to 12 will participate in hands-on, gaming technology workshops through AMD Foundation’s signature education program, AMD Changing the Game designed to inspire youth to learn critical STEM skills. The program teaches young people how to create their own video games on important social issues.
The Abu Dhabi program, which began on 10 July and will run through 21 July at The Al Marwah School, involves students in game design workshops, community service programs and digital literacy boot camps. These workshops will provide students with techniques to further develop their STEM skills, critical thinking and problem solving abilities. The program also instructs teachers on how to best implement these STEM-building strategies in classrooms, schools, and learning environments around Abu Dhabi.
“This partnership demonstrates AMD’s, AMD’s Foundation and ADEC’s commitment to the educational development of Emirati students and will help advance the 2030 Economic Vision for Abu Dhabi,” says 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 program, students will enhance their own STEM skills and Abu Dhabi teachers will further develop their skill set to help educate and motivate our youth.”
“The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is an important country for the technology industry. Our goal is to bolster STEM skills in youth, thereby providing a strong foundation for future generations to pursue critical technological careers,” says 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.”
Participants will work with AMD Foundation’s educational partner, PETLab at Parsons The New School for Design, to learn game design skills using Activate!, a website that enables students to easily design and program video games. The site is optimised to measurably enhance core competences in students while building awareness of pressing social issues.
The teachers who were selected to deliver the program received three days of extensive training. They will observe the Parsons instructors through the first week of the program and then lead the program the following week.