The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles have teamed up with Women in Games International to create a new patch that scouts can earn for designing video games, according to a report in Girl Gamer.
Girl Scouts can use E-line's Gamestar Mechanic, software that allows you to design video games, to earn the badge. The developer will work with Women in Games International, an organization that "works to promote the inclusion and advancement of women in the global games industry" to create a program that meets Girl Scout patch requirements while also focusing on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) academic initiative.
"Our ultimate goal is to create a STEM-aligned video game badge for the Girl Scouts of the United States of America," said Amy Allison, Women in Games International's vice president. "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."
In early March, the Boy Scouts of America revealed a similar merit badge program.
Other video game-related STEM projects announced over the past few months include a first-person shooter game design course using ShootMania Storm and the 2013 STEM Video Game Challenge, which began accepting nationwide submissions in February.