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Now the Girl Scouts get their own video game patch too
Now the Girl Scouts get their own video game patch too
April 18, 2013 | By Mike Rose

April 18, 2013 | By Mike Rose
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Following the news that the Boy Scouts of America are looking to introduce a new merit badge encouraging children to learn the art of game design, Women in Games International is working to create the first video game patch for Girl Scouts.

Working with the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, the WIGI hopes the patch will act as a step towards creating a nationally recognized Girl Scouts badge for video game creation in the U.S.

The idea behind the patch is to urge young girls to pursue an interest in science, technology, engineering and math, and show them that a career in the video game industry is entirely possible.

The initiative will utilize the Gamestar Mechanic, E-line's development tool used during the National STEM Video Game Challenge, to provide a tailored program to meet the patch requirements.


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Mark Desmarais
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Awesome! Best of luck!

E Zachary Knight
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Can't wait to see the details of this. I really liked the general game design, rather than computer or video game design, approach the Boy Scouts took. So I would be interested to see this take.

David Mullich
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As one of the creators of the new Boy Scout Game Design Merit Badge, I couldn't be happier that the girls are getting one too!

Traci Lawson
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It's worth noting that the Girl Scouts have had a game design badge since the 1990s. This new patch is specifically for video game design. :) Thanks, WIGI! This is going to be a fantastic program.

Janette Goering
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Awesome! Hopefully this leads to a cycle of girls showing their peers that they too can make video games, and piques interest from more girls to look into the field and grow into women that want to make games!

Christian Nutt
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That is a sweet patch and I am sad to be ineligible for it, because I totally want that on my man-purse.

Katie Chironis
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Sad that this didn't exist when I was a scout, but elated that it will exist for future scouts!

Ernest Adams
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I'm all in favor of this, of course, but it does seem awfully specific. What's next? Automotive design? Furniture design? How many different kinds of merit badges can they have?

Christian Nutt
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Craploads, as I recall. That is the technical term.

Yama Habib
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The more the merrier, if'n you ask me. I feel like there can never be enough encouragement to develop practical skills at a young age, regardless of whether it's starting a fire, weaving a basket, designing a game, or tuning the suspension on an automobile.

Gil Salvado
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I don't believe, it's about getting all the badges there are, but the most of the ones you're interested in. So, thumbs up for Yama Habib.

Carlo Delallana
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This is all part of the meta-game

Katie Chironis
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Ernest, I don't know if you were being sarcastic, but there are already badges like that!

There's one called 'Car Care' that I did a workshop for when I was a scout, and another called 'Product Designer' where we did furniture design...

Joe McGinn
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The girl's badge is way cooler. Want.

Gil Salvado
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Now that's a clever way to get future women get excited about game design. That's a pretty smart 1up for the girls!

Katina Ferguson
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I am guessing the Girl Scout Troops would want someone to help teach when the badge is available. Where do I sign up?

Glen M
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Excited about this and will help my daughter and her troop earn this badge!!!

Ben Serviss
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Nice! Great job Amy!

WILLIAM TAYLOR
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Sounds nice.


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