Kianna Hales, a student from Cedarcrest High School in Duvall, recently won a contest for game development and has donated her prize to Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Kianna participated with 30 other 10-15-year-olds in developing games using Kodu (www.fuse.microsoft.com/project/kodu.aspx). Kodu is an end-to-end creative environment for designing, building and playing new games from Microsoft. Her team took second place in the contest and each member won an Xbox 360 console.
"The jobs of tomorrow require a new set of both technical and creative skills from our students," said Jon Perera, general manager, Microsoft Academic Programs. "Microsoft Kodu is a powerful way for teachers and schools to unleash the creativity of students and to engage them in the arena of technology. What’s been very cool is the way that Kodu has engaged young women in particular in the computer science field."
Kianna donated her prize from the contest to Seattle Children’s Hospital. "I’m not yet old enough to volunteer at Seattle Children’s, so when I won the Xbox I looked at it as an opportunity to help the hospital. My uncle used to work in a hospital a lot like this one, and I always heard him talking about how happy the kids were when they got a new game to play with. Being sick in a hospital can be very scary especially for children and hopefully this will help make their day a little brighter," said Kianna.
With her passion to give back to the community, Kianna was able to find others who shared her strong desire and was able to donate an additional three Xbox Kinect consoles and games as part of the gift to Seattle Children’s Hospital.
"Seattle Children’s is grateful to Kianna for choosing the hospital to receive the XBox 360 and Kinect units. Video gaming can be a healing distraction for patients and families dealing with a difficult situation. Her thoughtful generosity is an inspiration to others," said Eve Kopp, Seattle Children’s director of Corporate Annual Giving.