Girl Scouts add video gaming merit patch

Their cookies are nothing to do with browsers, and now it seems the Girl Scouts are reclaiming the concept of a "patch", too. The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles have announced a video game patch that has nothing to do with updating the latest titles. Instead, the group has teamed up with Women in Games International to give girls the opportunity to create their own game, and be rewarded for it.

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While the merit patch is California-only at this stage, Amy Allison, vice president at WIGI explains:

Our ultimate goal is to create a STEM-aligned video game badge for the Girl Scouts of the United States of America. 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.

This new patch (similar to one introduced recently for the Boy Scouts) brings "something unique" to young girls, who may be interested in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths subjects (STEM). The patch uses Gamestar Mechanic, the development tool used across the U.S. for the National STEM Video Game Challenge - a program that has already taught more than 350,000 students how to bulid their own games.

Developer E-Line is working with WIGI to provide a tailored program to meet the specific requirements of the Girl Scout patch.

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