In addition to Girl Scout programs and badges designed to pique girls' interest in STEM, the Los Angeles Girl Scouts have a new patch for video game programmers! By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
The Girl Scout Council of Greater Los Angeles announced, in partnership with Women in Gaming International, that there will be a patch to recognize work in game design and programming for girls. Using a custom version of Gamestar Mechanic, girls will learn to design their own video games.
The Girl Scout merit award is in the form of a patch, rather than a badge, because the award has not been recognized nationally - yet.
"Fostering interest in technology and video game development in females of all ages ... is the main inspiration for working towards a national badge," said Sheri Rubin of WIGI's steering committee.
"Our plan is to start by working with the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles to introduce a local patch and once successful, open it up to other councils where game developers are prevalent. We hope this can be accomplished over the next couple years. Once our patch has been proven effective, we will work to create what is necessary to get a nationally recognized badge in place for all Girl Scouts starting with those in 4th through 6th grade and eventually expanding through all levels encompassing 7th through 12th grade," she said.
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Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.