Building video games with the Girl Scouts

GSMT IconFrom the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee: The Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee and Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School will celebrate Computer Science Education Week by participating in the “Be a Video Game Developer” program made possible by Dell on December 12.

“Be a Video Game Developer” is a six-week program that the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee offers to Bailey STEM Magnet students during their STEM elective time. In this program, girls explore different aspects of technology, such as programming, coding, information theory and logic. They will discover how technology is used to create graphics, music and motion, as they learn about all of the pieces involved in developing a video game.

“This program is unique because participants identify a community problem and create a game concept around the issue to educate others about it,” said Sue Perkins, Program Specialist at the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee. “Our hope is that creative exposure to technology through this program will spark an interest and encourage girls to pursue a technology-related career.”

Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15) is an annual program dedicated to showing K-12 students the importance of computer science education. Among several objectives, one goal is to get ten million students to do one hour of coding during that week.

“We are deeply thankful for our partnership with the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee in advancing our scholars’ access to these enriching STEM opportunities,” said Christian L. Sawyer, Ed.D, Executive Principal and Chief Instruction Officer at Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School. “We know these learning experiences are preparing our scholars to succeed and lead in the global economy, where STEM-related careers are already prominent and will grow significantly in importance. In fact, the US Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings. What’s most powerful about this is to see our scholars showing such creativity and ingenuity in their weekly computer gaming STEM elective, an opportunity made possibly by this empowering partnership!”

The program is offered through the Powering the Possible grant received from the Dell Foundation. It will also be offered to local Girl Scouts at the Council Service Center.