Urban Arts receives $4 million dollar grant from the US Department of Education

Urban Arts is thrilled to announce that it is the recipient of a $4 million Education, Innovation, and Research (EIR) Grant from the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with the Brooklyn North NYCDOE Borough Office, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, WestEd researchers, and industry partner Unity.

The project, Game On, is an in-school iteration of UA’s evidence-based School of Interactive Arts (SIA) program that teaches students computer science through video game design and development. The project utilizes a professional learning model through which 56 computer science teachers in rural and urban Title I high schools in NYC and North Carolina will be supported in teaching the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) course using a game design-based curriculum. During this year-long course, students will learn to design and develop their own video games, and in doing so, they will gain the knowledge and skills required to pass the AP CSP exam.

About Urban Arts:

UA’s mission is to help students explore their creativity and harness technology in order to defy the odds and define their future. Since 1991, UA has served over 250,000 students and 2,000 teachers across 150 schools.