The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSCLA) have teamed up with Women in Games International (WIGI) to make a brand new patch for Girl Scouts, according to GirlGamer It is going to be called the Creating Video Game Patch.
To earn it, girls will use Gamestar Mechanic which is both a game and a community that teachers kids the principles of game design and systems thinking. It does it in a fun way, which makes the process a lot more engaging for kids. Although it is intended for children ages 7 to 14, anyone can use Gamestar Mechanic to learn how to make a video game.
The purpose of the Girl Scout patch is to get young girls excited in technology and science, and also to let them know that they can have a career in the video game industry if they want to. It is to encourage young girls to get interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). These subjects are important for girls to learn if they are considering a career in the fields that use them – including gaming.
Personally, I find this idea to be absolutely wonderful! When I was a kid, I was told “girls don’t play video games” (but I never let opinion stop me from playing). Today, decades later, there are still people who insist upon expressing that same, outdated, opinion. There are women who are working in the video game industry, so things are starting to change. It would be wonderful for a generation of young girls to discover that they want to grow up to not only be a gamer, but also to be the one who creates the games.