I am so excited to be writing about this announcement! At GamingAngels, we have volunteered with many groups to encourage young girls to explore STEM careers. While the Boy Scouts have a technology badge, the Girl Scouts never have, until now.
Women in Games International is working with Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles to create the first video game patch for Girl Scouts. WIGI hopes that the partnership will end up creating a nationally recognized badge for the Girl Scouts
The patch will use Gamestar Mechanic, which is a development tool used for the National STEM Video Game Challenge. The platform has already helped over 350,000 youth explore what it’s like to create games.
“Our ultimate goal is to create a STEM-aligned video game badge for the Girl Scouts of the United States of America,” said Amy Allison, vice president at WIGI. “Creating this badge will get young girls excited in technology and science and let them know that they, too, can have a career in the video game industry.
I am so excited about this! This is a step in the right direction for #1reasonwhy and it’s great that WIGI has taken on the challenge and is working to ignite girls’ interest in STEM-related subjects. This type of community work from organizations within the gaming industry is what will ultimately make a difference.
Today, I couldn’t be more proud of the gaming industry.