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Coding for Kids: 4 Ways to Introduce Kids to Coding

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As you read this, you’re staring at words placed strategically on the screen of a digital device using lines and lines of computer code. In order for you to read these words on a magical Wi-Fi wonder device, a team of engineers had to sit down and figure out what they wanted the device to do. They had to work through the multiple ways they would go about designing and implementing the application. Using problem-solving, innovation, and hard math and computer science, engineers had to create vast amounts of software. Software is used in everything from the cars we drive to the phone games we play while waiting in line. Read More

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School’s Out! Summer Gaming Is In

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The start of June marks the beginning of summer break for both kids and parents across the country. Many parents have spent the year regulating gaming time to fit around their kids’ busy schedules. With the open days ahead of us, the possibilities for summer gaming time are endless. As parents, we know it’s important to regulate gaming time but also ensure it’s fun and accessible for our kids. Read More

Does Your Daughter Want to Make Games? Women in Game Development Have Some Advice

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In the past couple of months, the video game industry has been a hostile environment for women. Those who criticize the medium for its flaws and injustices, such as feminist vlogger Anita Sarkeesian, have been intensely harassed and threatened simply for having an opinion. Women working in the industry have not been exempt from the deluge of abuse either. Indie developer Zoe Quinn, for instance, has been on the receiving end of vicious online attacks after her ex-boyfriend posted a verbose blog entry in which he accused Quinn of garnering press for her game Depression Quest by having a relationship with a journalist. Read More

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Letting Girls Lead the Way in Game Design

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Earlier this week Taylor Soper posted a story in GeekWire about a massively cool program to encourage middle-school girls to pursue STEM careers—careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. The program, called GAMES Initiative, is a partnership between several organizations to design and build three new, free games. The game designers will ask middle-school girls to help in the design process. Read More