Girl Scouts get video game badge

Girl Scouts get video game badge
Seth Tipps

By Seth Tipps

April 18th 2013 at 8:00AM

Women in Games teams up with youth organisation to encourage future female devs

The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles has partnered with Women in Games International to create a Video Game badge for the next generation of female game developers.

The news, broken by Girl Gamer, follows closely on the heels of the Boy Scouts launching their own merit badge program for game design.

“Our ultimate goal is to create a STEM-aligned video game badge for the Girl Scouts of the United States of America,” said Women in Games VP Amy Allison.

“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.”

The Video Game patch is quite different from the Boy Scouts' inititive, which focuses on design and isn't limited to video games.

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) approach is not new to the Girl Scouts.

“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,” said GSGLA CEO Lise Luttgens

The program uses E-line's Gamestar Mechanic, already part of the National STEM Video Game Challenge.