NORTHAMPTON, MA /ACCESSWIRE/November 8, 2022 / AMD – Originally published in AMD Corporate Responsibility Report 2021-22
As we imagine a future enhanced by what computing offers, we must also empower the next generation of citizens and leaders to continue to innovate and make constructive use of their capabilities. We are passionate about enabling the imagination and creativity of the next generation. The technology in their hands encourages exploration and learning that opens doors to new careers and possibilities.
That’s why we’re partnering with local schools, educators and nonprofits to provide AMD processor-based equipment to equip five AMD learning labs that help inspire students to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Currently AMD-sponsored labs operate in Markham, Canada; Shanghai, China; Penang, Malaysia; Singapore, Singapore; and Austin, Texas and San Jose, California in the United States.
These AMD learning labs support the expansion of STEM programs and opportunities for underfunded students to gain hands-on experience with computer hardware and software, alongside ongoing engagement with AMD employee volunteers. Students learn to create websites, design computer games, program in Scratch and Python, and improve their digital literacy skills. For some students it can lay the foundation for a future technical career, while for others it supports the development of reasoning and skills to thrive in a range of other pursuits.
Most recently, in partnership with Persatuan Kanak-Kanak Cerebral Palsy School, Penang, Malaysia, we launched a learning lab in 2022 to enhance the educational experience for students of all levels. Many students do not have access to computers at home. The learning lab therefore gives them the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to use a wide range of software and progress through secondary education.
Through our long-standing partnership with Chen Su Lan Methodist Children’s Home in Singapore, we established an AMD Learning Lab with AMD-powered laptops by HP in 2021.1 This new lab inspires the program’s 70 residents to develop their STEM skills and introduces them to future careers. Students learn various computer programs and develop new skills and knowledge, such as 3D printing, basic computer skills, robotics, and digital art. The Children’s Home offers an exciting program to advance its students’ understanding of STEM concepts with the help of AMD employee volunteers who help create new courses.
Boys and Girls Clubs Empowering Students and Families with AMD Technology
Boys & Girls Clubs of America is committed to nurturing youth potential and bridging the gap between access and opportunity through high-quality, consistent, and safe after-school time programs. Recognizing that STEM education is an important component of success, Boys and Girls Clubs have developed programs that better prepare their member clients for a future full of opportunity.
Building on this shared vision, AMD has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs at site communities across the United States for more than 10 years through employee volunteerism and philanthropic investments. Our activities have included launching an AMD Learning Lab in Silicon Valley, supporting STEM for Girls programming in MetroWest, leading hands-on STEM activities in Central Florida, and organizing career explorations in the Austin area.
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA) primarily serve underrepresented youth attending Title 1 schools. In 2021, many students and families have felt the ongoing struggles and effects of a world with COVID – and the difficult reality of a new “normal”. AMD and our valued business partner HP™1 decided to help remove a major obstacle: access to high-quality technology. Through the HP Refresh program, we donated more than 325 newly refurbished AMD laptops and desktops, which were distributed to BGCAA students and families who needed them most.
One club member’s education was hampered by lack of access to a personal computer. He was able to borrow one during the school year, but when the school year ended, his access to the computer also diminished – and with it, his ability to continue learning. His family also faced a difficult year after losing his father to cancer. BGCCA’s donation of a computer helped him continue to learn online through the summer, and it also helped his mother look for a job and manage her bills electronically.
AMD is not only proud to manufacture products that move society forward; we are also proud to donate technology that can make a difference in a person’s life.
For more information on STEM education initiatives at AMD, please visit our website.
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