Local Girl Scouts Learn How to Create Video Games (New York 1)
More than two dozen teenage Girl Scouts are taking part in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, program at the New York Hall of Science this week, where they're learning how to make programming codes and use special software to create 3-D video games as part of the Girl Scout Leadership Institute.
Cable news channel NY1 recently ran a story about this new initiative. To view the clip, click HERE. (A Time Warner Cable account is required, so if you're unable to view it, please scroll down for a transcript.)
Erin Keplish: “My avatar has blue spiky hair that is probably a foot tall.”
NY1: Erin Keplish says nothing is too outrageous in the virtual video gaming world she’s creating.
Erin Keplish: “Well, right now, I just built a volcano thing that it’s going to live in, and it also has a house, and I’m making a pool.”
NY1: She’s one of two dozen teenage Girl Scouts taking part in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM program, at the New York Hall of Science. The girls are learning how to make programming codes, and use special software to create 3-D video games.
Calista Lee: “I just feel like it’s a great opportunity to not just pursue my passions, but to meet fellow peers and sisters that have the same passion as I do.”
Tatiana Bracht: “I hope to build a nice little abstract house because I want to prove to myself that I can be in that little field of computer technology.”
NY1: The workshop is part of the Girl Scout Leadership Institute, which aims to give Girl Scouts real-world entrepreneurial and leadership experience. Organizers say the four-day workshop gives girls a safe and supportive environment where the girls can learn.
Karen Lundgard: “They get to work with other girls. They don’t have that intimidation of working with other boys or men in their classrooms.”
NY1: And Lundgard says it’s important to introduce girls to STEM programs at an early age.
Karen Lundgard: “We found that if girls aren’t getting that experience at an early age, they’re being intimidated by it.
NY1: Keplish says there’s nothing to be intimidated about. She hopes more girls look into STEM careers.
Erin Keplish: “Instead of women having these pre-conceived ideas about what they’re supposed to do, I think that STEM is just a great place for them to be because it’s innovative.”