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US Girl Scouts could earn a software developer patch

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Thu Apr 18 2013, 10:44

DOOR TO DOOR SALESPEOPLE the US Girl Scouts could soon be able to earn a uniform patch that acknowledges their skill in developing a video game.

The feasibility of establishing the patch is being decided between two groups, Women in Games International (WIGI) and the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA).

In a statement they said that the patch could be a stepping stone for young ladies with an interest in information technology or, as they have it, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

"Our ultimate goal is to create a STEM-aligned video game badge for the Girl Scouts of the United States of America," said WIGI VP Amy Allison. "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."

You could write what we know about the US Girl Scouts on the back of a uniform patch, but as we understand it, this is the sort of thing that they consider to be good news.

"Girl Scouts has a long history of developing pioneers in the fields of science and technology," said Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles CEO Lise Luttgens. "So we are excited about collaborating with Women in Games International to ignite girls' interests in STEM-related subjects."

In 2005 the Hong Kong Scout Association began issuing a badge for "respecting intellectual property rights." The badge was the idea of scoutmaster Victor Chan, who - when he wasn't dibbing and dobbing - happened to be deputy GM of the Hong Kong Motion Picture Association (MPA).

In the UK Scouts can earn a Communications badge that among other things requires that they prove that they can send an email and a text message. We assume that most kids get these handed out on day one.

A staged Information Technology badge, is more advanced, and scales upwards to more complicated tasks including database creation.

Brownies, or UK Girl Guides can also earn a Communications badge. Again this challenges young British teens to show that they can use a telephone. Meanwhile a Computers badge requires that they prove they can use Google. µ


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