Women in Games International has been working with the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles on a new patch, one that is all about video game design. The idea was to show young Girl Scouts the possibilities of careers in the arts, sciences and other STEM fields.
Now PlayStation’s Santa Monica Studio is helping to make the patch a reality. In a post on their website, the studio said they will be hosting patch workshops for Los Angeles-area Girl Scouts on Saturday September 24 and Saturday October 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Girl Scouts who attend will be given a crash course on what it’s like to work in the industry by a professional. They’ll also create a physical prototype, digital prototype, test their designs and more.
“By creating a STEM-aligned video game patch program for Girl Scouts, we’re helping young women see what opportunities are open to them in these fields,” said Amy Allison, vice president at WIGI. “WIGI promotes diversity in the video game industry, and spearheading this effort means that women have more opportunities to be better represented in the next generation of video game creators.”
WIGI hopes that their Los Angeles initiative will inspire other councils across the country to develop similar programs for their scouts. The long goal for the WIGI is for the Girl Scouts of the USA to add a video game design badge to the National Proficiency badges list. The list does already include some technology-based badges, such as Computer Expert, Digital Photographer, Entertainment Technology, Geocacher, Product Designer, Digital Moviemaker, Netiquette and Website Designer.