Crenshaw Digital Media Team gets City Council recognition

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Councilman Bernard Parks honoring Mother of Many founder Daphne Bradford.

Eighth District City Councilman Bernard Parks on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 recognized Daphne Bradford, founder and CEO of Mother of Many (M.O.M.), and the Crenshaw Digital Media Team for making innovative technology history.  They are the first group of LAUSD students to design and release a game, Going Banana’s for Health, in the Windows 8 App Store.

The app was developed by team members Esaul Parra, Kevin Rivera and Domonic Wilks.   It was inspired by the Change What You Eat, Change How You Feel! healthy eating program supporting First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative.

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App developer Kevin Rivera addressing the City Council.

The purpose of Going Banana’s for Health is to encourage adolescents to change their eating habits by making healthier choices. The game has three levels. The goal of each level is to drop Apple Dapple into Little Johnny’s mouth to avoid the danger of Little Johnny from being fed awful, unhealthy hot chips that most kids love. Each time you advance from level 1 to level 3, Little Johnny gets healthier if Apple Dapple makes it into his mouth.

The students have given demonstrations of the app at the Microsoft Store in the Westfield Century City Plaza

The Windows 8 gaming opportunity started after Bradford was recognized by Microsoft as one of the top innovative educators in the nation for her work in bringing digital media skills to kids in South Los Angeles.  Academic Developer Evangelist at Microsoft, Sam Stokes, worked with Bradford and the students for two years on integrating gaming in the classroom.  He too was honored at City Council today.

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(left to right) Esaul Parra, Kevin Rivera, Bernard Parks, Daphne Bradford, Domonic Wilks, Sam Stokes.

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