Since 2001, the Clinton Foundation has worked to improve lives around the world and build upon President Clinton’s legacy of public service.
Using Video Games to Increase Learning Computer Science
In 2012, Glitch Game Testers and its partners committed to increasing the number of African-American teenage males interested in pursuing computer science degrees and careers. Over a five-year period, 125 low-income 16-year-old African-American males enrolled in high school in Atlanta will be given the opportunity to enroll in an intensive two-week introductory computer science learning program provided by the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. This initial training course will be complimented by ongoing computer science classes, including preparation for the Advanced Placement Computer Science test, throughout the student's involvement in the program. Each year, at least 10 program participants will be hired to fill part-time summer positions as game testers, a critical early stage position that ensures video games are interesting to play and free of any programming glitches. This commitment will help leverage the ability of video games to attract and entertain teenage males in order to not only provide high quality education and employment opportunities but also serve as a model for other programs that seek to broaden participation of underrepresented groups in technology careers.
Here are the latest updates of some of the Foundation’s programs at work: