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Crenshaw Digital Team Brings its ‘Game’ to the White House

Chase Niesner | October 21, 2013

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Crenshaw Digital Media and Gaming Team

Educators and students with Todd Park, President Obama’s Chief Technology Officer

While the higher-ups in LA Unified debate budgets and iPads, students from the Crenshaw Digital Media and Gaming Team visited the White House last month to brief President Obama’s top technology officials on their work designing socially- conscious computer games.

The team, which is sponsored by the grassroots education nonprofit Mother of Many, raised nearly $10,000 for the trip by selling more than 50 gaming apps to Microsoft as part of the company’s “Keep the Cash” app-a-thon. One of the games, “Going Bananas for Health,” is now available on the Windows 8 App Store.

At the White House, Mother of Many founder and team leader Daphne Bradford pledged that the group would sponsor a fall app-a-thon of its own at Crenshaw and Dorsey High Schools in Los Angeles as part of Computer Science Education week, Dec. 9-13. Bradford founded the team as part of Mother of Many’s Gaming 4 Education program, which supports President Obama’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education agenda.

Click here to see the Crenshaw team pitching their games to the Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center.

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