Like it or not, video games are shaping the new economy. From military simulations to smart phone apps, the demand for programmers and video game designers has never been higher. That’s why the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley recently partnered with B-Stem, an organization committed to bringing more young women into the male-dominated video game industry. With support from Microsoft, we introduced Club members to the art of video game design and the possibilities of coding.
Participants learned to program a video game avatar in the Introduction to Coding workshop. Then, they invented their own game environment with an original storyline. The young developers pitched their game concept and business plan to a panel of Microsoft professionals, who selected five standout candidates.
Our top two future video game industry moguls, seven-year-old Alexis Acevedo and eight-year-old Kaylee Martinez, walked away with brand new backpacks, portable music speakers and goodie bags full of school supplies.