We all know Girl Scouts work extremely hard for their cookie patch but they are turning around that perspective by introducing a video game patch.
Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and Women in Games International (WIGI) have joined forces in order to educate young girls in STEM careers. They are educating young girls in game development.
Girl Scouts Getting Girls Involved in Stem Careers
Young girls have expressed their interest in the STEM field of careers. The girls learn about video game development and receive the badge for participation.
The Girl Scouts will introduce the gaming badge in Los Angeles. It will eventually find its way into other chapters in the United States.
PlayStation’s Santa Monica Studios will be hosting workshops in Los Angeles. The workshops are to show the scouts what it is like to work in the video game industry.
The two organizations teamed up to show the girls some possible career options in the gaming industry. Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) and Google also have a partnership utilizing their Made With Code initiative. Their goal is to inspire girls to learn how to code and seek careers in the STEM industry.
“Our ultimate goal is to create STEM-aligned video game badge for the Girl Scouts of the United States of America,” Amy Allison, vice president of WIGI, expressed to Girlgamer.com. “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.”
Pushing Female Power & Diversity into the STEM Field
This is a cool and unique collaboration. Women are rarely introduced to STEM careers. Gaming has a reputation of a “boys only” type of club which discourages women from looking into the awesomeness of the gaming world.
Previously, the Boy Scouts introduced a similar badge back in March. Now the girls have an opportunity to level out the playing field.
The entire collaboration has a strong aura of girl power. It is a very important concept to input in the minds of our younger generations. Way to go, Girl Scouts! You are pushing female power and diversity into the STEM field!