More than 4000 Girl Scouts came to GirlFest, a festival with hundreds of activities including skateboarding, robotics, and crafts.
Pixel Arts added games to activities with our maker kit. Our booth was constantly busy with more than 400 girls creating characters, settings, and rules for games from their unique imaginations. Many girls play games–Minecraft was mentioned frequently–but this was their first time creating a game from scratch.
While Jeffrey hosted the booth with Aubrey, Megan and James, Will helmed two workshops with Leanne, Gabriella, and Alex. In the first, Digital Story Making, ten girls jumped into creating their own adventure games with Twine, a visual programming and storyboarding software. After that, ten more girls became game programmers by constructing blocks of code in Scratch, another fun and simple visual programming software.
Girls were extremely positive about their experience of discovery and learning; they rated the workshops a 4.65 out of 5.