Yesterday we reported that an iPad app by the name of Hopscotch was launched in beta which supposedly aims to teach children, girls specifically, how to program. Now seemingly by coincidence, it looks like another initiative to get girls into programming has been launched, this time by the Girl Scouts of Great Los Angeles who teamed up with Women In Games International whereby scouts are able to earn a new patch for designing video games, as reported in Girl Gamer.
Through the use of E-line’s Gamestar Mechanic, Girl Scouts are able to use the program to create video games in which they will be able to earn the new badge. According to Women In Games International’s Vice President, Amy Allison, “Our ultimate goal is to create a STEM-aligned video game badge for the Girl Scouts of the United States of America […] 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.” Sounds like a worthy initiative, and it wasn’t too long ago that the Boy Scouts of America announced a similar initiative as well.
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