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From left:  Daphne Bradford (Mother Of Many Team Sponsor), Ramon Corley (Crenshaw Principal) Domonic Wilks (Crenshaw Digital Media & Gaming Team member), Kevin Rivera (Crenshaw Digital Media & Gaming Team member), Esaul Parra (Crenshaw Digital Media & Gaming Team member), Jacqueline Lopez (Crenshaw Biology Teacher)

Digital Media Crew Debuts New Game

In the midst of the restructuring going on at Crenshaw high school the Crenshaw Digital Media & Gaming Team debuted their first ever Windows 8 game, Going Banana's for Health at the Microsoft Store in the Westfield Century City Plaza on Friday, March 23. 

Sponsored by the non-profit grass roots educational organization Mother Of Many (M.O.M.), the Crenshaw High School Digital Media & Gaming Team has made innovative technology history again as the first group of Los Angeles Unified School District students to design and release a game in the Windows 8 App Store.

Going Bananas for Health has 3 levels. The goal of each level is to drop Apple Dapple into Little Johnny’s mouth to avoid the danger of Little Johnny being fed awful, unhealthy hot chips that most kids love to eat. Each time Little Johnny gets Apple Dapple into his mouth, the player advances to the next of three levels.   When Apple Dapple eliminates the hot chips by shooting apple seeds, it shows an example of how adolescents can choose to get rid of the junk food in their diet and select more healthy alternatives for a winning payoff.

Mother Of Many (M.O.M.) founder and digital media consultant, Daphne Bradford, who is also a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer, assigned her students the challenge to make an app to encourage healthy eating in support of the team’s U.S. Department of Health and Human Services partnership with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign.  Team members Esaul Parra, Kevin Rivera and Domonic Wilks surprised Bradford with their healthy eating game they titled Going Bananas for Health. The purpose of the app is to encourage adolescents to change their eating habits by making healthier choices.   

The Windows 8 gaming opportunity opened up for the team when Ms. Bradford was recognized by Microsoft as one of the top innovative educators in the nation.  Microsoft then sent technology evangelist, Sam Stokes, to work with Ms. Bradford on integrating gaming in the classroom.

“It was really fun programming Going Banana’s for Health,” said Esaul Parra, who hopes to become an oncologist.  “We used our Windows 7 laptop to make a game for the Windows 8 App Store. The only way we can play the game is to visit the Microsoft store because we don't own or have access to a Windows 8 computer or Surface to play our game.  This experience was like playing football without a football and still scoring a touchdown because we don’t have a Window’s 8 device to play the game.  Awesome!”

“This amazing group of students has made technology history a number of times,” recalled Ms. Bradford. “Amazing what kids can do when you provide them with the tools to succeed!” To keep the gaming for education program going, Mother Of Many is launching a social media fundraising campaign to urge a minimum of 1,000 people to commit to donating $10 or more a month. “ I’m hoping and praying M.O.M.’s Facebook and Twitter family and followers will give up one unhealthy meal or two Starbucks Coffees or two Happy Hour drinks a month to support innovative education.  My motto for the young innovative minds on the Crenshaw Cougar campus is “Don’t just play the game, be the game,” said Ms. Bradford

 To keep the gaming for education program going, Mother Of Many is launching a social media fundraising campaign to urge a minimum of 1,000 people to commit to donating $10 or more a month. “ I’m hoping and praying M.O.M.’s Facebook and Twitter family and followers will give up one unhealthy meal or two Starbucks Coffees or two Happy Hour drinks a month to support innovative education.  My motto for the young innovative minds on the Crenshaw Cougar campus is “Don’t just play the game, be the game,” said Ms. Bradford

To keep the gaming for education program going, Mother Of Many is launching a social media fundraising campaign to urge a minimum of 1,000 people to commit to donating $10 or more a month. “ I’m hoping and praying M.O.M.’s Facebook and Twitter family and followers will give up one unhealthy meal or two Starbucks Coffees or two Happy Hour drinks a month to support innovative education.  My motto for the young innovative minds on the Crenshaw Cougar campus is “Don’t just play the game, be the game,” said Ms. Bradford

 If you would like to support the Mother Of Many students, visit www.MotherofMany.com to make your $10.00 a month donation and like us at http://facebook.com/motherofmanyusa1.


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