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GameSalad Donates Technology to Schools Affected by Hurricane Harvey

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Two weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey rammed into Texas’ gulf coast, flattening homes and destroying the livelihood of thousands of people. Then, it turned east and began a slow, devastating march toward Houston. Battering winds became less of a concern as the storm moved further inland, however, rapid flooding caused by torrential downpours soon had many people scrambling for higher ground. Altogether, it is estimated Harvey caused billions of dollars worth of damage.

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Along with physical scars, the hurricane left people struggling to regain a sense of normalcy. At this time, many children have not been able to return to school. In fact, nine campuses in Houston will not be opening their doors this year but instead will conduct classes at new locations. When classes do resume, teachers face the daunting task of teaching students without all the necessary materials. That’s where Austin-based tech company GameSalad comes in.

The company, which has created computer science curriculums, is donating access to its coding modules and “world-class technology” to teachers throughout the counties affected by the hurricane.

“Students from Corpus Christi to Houston to Port Arthur need help, and they shouldn’t have their education delayed while their teachers are waiting for the resources they so critically need,” said GameSalad CEO Brent Dusing. “We want to do our part to relieve schools’ financial burden by offering world-class computer science education for free to all schools affected by Hurricane Harvey.”

The programs, which typically can be purchased for $1,700, will be available to educators at no charge throughout the 2017-2018 school year. According to GameSalad, the curriculum is geared toward students in grades 4-10. Students learn the basic building blocks of computer science, then take those skills and use them to create games to be played on their own devices.

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