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Fund Student Futures in Game Design
Better education starts with letting our students lead their learning. That’s why TAF’s Teacher Scientist Program (TSP) creates innovative partnerships and projects with industry leaders, exposing our students to many different fields and careers.
This school year, as a part of TAF’s Teacher Scientist Partnership, students at TAF@Saghalie participated in the first year of a new Game Development and Design Class. Media creation and game design is a field that encourages student creativity and fosters their problem solving skills. Designing story and user experience while also applying the practical hard sciences and industry skills of designing code, problem solving, and working in a team. The Game Development and Design Class is a prime example of students leading their learning through real-world application, building their confidence and skills to develop their games from concept to launch.
The first few sessions of the 10-week class introduced the hardware, software, and basics of game design. In the following weeks, students explored the game engine Unity. Students worked with pre-built code, and built their own code as they were comfortable. For more than half of these students it was their first experience with a coding language. While not every group finished with a fully formed game, there was a deep abundance of storytelling and thought put into concept.
For this first round of Game Development, 21 students were accepted to participate, ranging from grades 10-12. Of these students, 85% said that they would like to participate in a future class designed around game, app, or web development.
To help launch this initial year of game design, our community was able to fund 17 high performance laptops. To give our students the opportunity to create the games they wanted, getting computers that were able to perform these higher level functions were key.
This opportunity was made possible thanks to donors like you. We need your help to keep classes like this going!
GiveBIG for student futures
Next year we hope to add 14 laptops to expose more students to careers they’ll love. Donations raised through GiveBIG this year will also fund the following for our next Game Development class:
For nearly 25 years, TAF has paved the way in education by creating STEM learning opportunities for students of color. Shifting focus to impact public education on a larger scale, TAF now works actively with public school districts such as Federal Way Public Schools, Tacoma Public Schools, Seattle Public Schools, and Highline Public Schools to transform classrooms into equitable and innovative learning environments. At the educator level, TAF recruits and works to retain teachers of color in classrooms while providing critical support and training, ensuring long-standing inequities within the public school system are addressed at every level. The impact of TAF is inspiring systemic change throughout Washington State’s school system.
Our Academies, TAF@Saghalie and Washington Middle School, are the only schools in Washington State co-managed by a nonprofit and school district.
We partner with public schools to create academic environments that eliminate race-based disparity.
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We recruit and retain teachers of color to classrooms and support leadership development to improve teacher and school leader diversity in Washington State.
Here’s what our community says
You only have to give kids one opportunity, and they will make the most of it.
A lot of kids don’t have those opportunities. One thing I learned from TAF was when you have that chance, take it, go for it, give it your 100 percent.
– Cameron Sharpe, TAF alumni
Since TAF has come here, we have so many people coming in from the community. Just last year, we had some amazing people come to our school.
Things I’ve never done are happening at Boze because TAF is here.
– Julie Dickmann, Teacher at Boze Elementary
As a teacher of color, it can get hard sometimes, and sometimes we just need another teacher of color to say. “Hey, we can do this, it’s worth it, and we’re going to survive.” TAF provides a network of educators that get it, and I can lean on for support.
– Ji Hea Shin, Martinez Fellow