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Jun 22, 2012

Project Report June 2012

The GameTech program has been a terrific success during its
second year!

The Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club and the Boys and
Girls Club of East Scarborough have both continued running the program on a
weekly basis in 2012.  The Clubs will
close the program for the summer months to focus on their camp programs, and
will start back up in the fall.

Both Clubs have reported that their participants have really
enjoyed the program and have learned skills (such as computer programming and
game design) that have not been provided in their schools.  The Toronto Kiwanis Club has just completed a
video showcasing the work their participants have done over the last
five-months.  The East Scarborough Club’s
program has been so successful that in the fall they plan to offer GameTech at
several of their satellite locations.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is very pleased to report
that AMD and the AMD Foundation have provided additional funding for GameTech
which will allow two new Clubs to run the program this coming fall.

The funding provided by AMD and our GlobalGiving donors has
allowed this innovate program to thrive. 
Thank you for your continued support and generosity.  We look forward to providing our next update
in the early fall.

Mar 23, 2012

Support Young People March 2012 Project Report

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is thrilled with the progress of the GameTech program.

In 2011, BGCC, in partnership with AMD, launched the GameTech pilot program at two Boys and Girls Club locations - Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs and the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough.   During the pilot year, 60 Club members participated in GameTech and created a total of 35 games.

Both Clubs continue to run the program on a weekly basis, due to the positive response of their members and look forward to continuing the program throughout 2012.  One site will introduce the program to their older youth participants while the other Club is planning future ‘game off’ competitions, to showcase what they have learned.

The tremendous support from AMD, and from our individual online GlobalGiving donors, is providing our Club members with many important skill sets - especially in this new digital age - such as systems thinking, introductory programming concepts, principles of game design, and the process of iterative design.  In addition, this program provides young people with access and information pertaining to potential careers in the Gaming sector – providing the opportunity to better their current situation and create the foundation for a successful future.

Thank you for your support of this innovative program.  We look forward to keeping you updated on our continued progress and how our members are benefiting from their participation.

Dec 22, 2011

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada - Update!

In partnership with AMD, BGCC ran a pilot of the GameTech program, which was developed by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.  GameTech is a two-unit program using principles of active learning to teach children and youth how to develop computer games. The curriculum is designed to expose Club members to a number of important skill sets – systems thinking, introductory programming concepts, principles of game design and the process of iterative design.

Funds were used to provide program support to Clubs (training, support provided by BGCC/BGCA), funding Clubs to pilot the program (funding for staffing, materials, equipment, etc.), as well as the purchase and provision of technology centre equipment at both sites.

Below are a few testimonials from members who experienced the GameTech program first hand!

“Mark” is high school student who has played video games for many years but had never taken the time to understand what happens behind the scenes of game development. He initially felt that the program was going to be boring as he had played multi-level, multi-layered 3D games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. However, as the program entered its second week he realized the complexity of video game development. By the completion of week four “Mark” was engaged in the program and he had an opportunity to import characters in his game development. He was also inspired by reviewing games developed by other youth (from Clubs in the States) who had previously completed the GameTech program. - Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough

“The AMD/GameTech program is very popular at our TP Loblaw (St. Mary’s) location.  Two of our members in particular absolutely love the program.  Nicholas, age 9 and Aiden, age 9.  These two boys spend extra time drawing and re-drawing their characters for their games that they are developing.  They are always asking for extra time in the lab to work on their games. Because of their enthusiasm, we plan on offering the program one more day/week for our members who want to do extra work on their games. - Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs

As both sites now have the equipment and training to be able to deliver the GameTech program, both will continue to offer the program to expanding numbers of participants in future years. One site is leveraging a community volunteer to take the program a step further with older youth to include the design/development of their own characters. Another is planning future ‘game-off’ competitions, to which AMD employees will be invited, to showcase what they have learned!

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