Girl Scouts get merit badge for game development

Overall aim of new initiative in collaboration with Women in Games International is to get badge rolled out nationwide.

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The Girl Scouts are piloting a merit patch for game development.

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The badge is a collaboration between Women in Games International and the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, and right now the badge is only available for Girl Scouts in LA.

The course to obtain the patch will be specially designed, with WIGI developing a program that will meet the patch requirements of the Girl Scouts.

Speaking to Girl Gamer, WIGI vice president Amy Allison 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."

WIGI's overall aim is to use the Gamestar Mechanic to get girls actually developing video games, and to get the badge rolled out nationwide. The Boy Scouts currently have a merit badge for game design, though it does not require actual video game development.

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