Wrestling Star/Gaming Enthusiast A.J. Brooks Sets Up Scholarship for Girls Make Games Camp
We’re frequently faced with the retort, “Well women should make their own games, then,” when we ask for better representation for women in games, and don’t get us wrong—we agree. We just understand that the gaming industry has a huge gender imbalance reinforced by social norms, and it takes deliberate effort to change that. That’s why A.J. Brooks (WWE’s AJ Lee) is launching a scholarship program with Girls Make Games to help girls learn to make the games they want to play.
An announcement of the partnership by Girls Make Games on Brooks’s website says,
We’re thrilled to announce an amazing collaboration with the wonderful AJ Brooks of WWE fame. AJ is a champion both in and out of the ring, fighting to bring more girls into STEM fields. An avid gamer herself, GMG is proud to team up with her to announce the AJ Brooks Scholarship Contest!
To participate, simply send along a one minute video of a game design concept that you would like to bring to life at camp. Be sure to submit your videos no later than May 15th to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The contest is open to girls ages 11-14, and the winner gets a free ride (a $1500 value) at the Chicago, IL Girls Make Games camp this summer at DePaul University. The hands-on program instructs beginners and experienced girls alike in the creation of game art and code, with continued mentorship after the camp ends and the best teams going on to make full games.
So get those ideas going and good luck, gamers!
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