Young female gamers, it’s time to rejoice. Gone are the days of the Camper, Gardener, Cook, Naturalist and Athlete badge.
The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles have partnered with Women in Games International to launch a patch for designing videogames – not a badge. A badge is a nationally approved award. A patch is something tested out at the local level.
Soon to be available before the start of the next school year, this patch was conceived in hopes of encouraging future female video game developers and to inspire young females who never thought about the video game field. And why not? The Boys Scouts already have this patch, which was revealed at the SxSW festival in Austin, Texas. It only makes sense for the GSGLA to offer this as well.
What’s the catch? Young female game designers need to use E-line‘s Gamestar Mechanic software to earn the badge, which is compatible with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) initiative. E-line has agreed to help Women in Games International to provide a custom-tailored program to meet all the Girl Scouts patch requirements.
Women in Games International’s Vice President Amy Allison said:
Our ultimate goal is to create a STEM-aligned video game badge for the Girl Scouts of the United States of America,” said “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.
Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Lise Luttgens added:
Girl Scouts has a long history of developing pioneers in the fields of science and technology, so we are excited about collaborating with Women in Games International to ignite girls’ interests in STEM-related subjects.
Let’s continue to rid of the preconceived notions about females and build the self-esteem needed to enter into this male-dominated field. Here’s hoping this patch becomes a badge.