This past Weekend was GirlStart’s Girls in STEM conference on Saturday! Below is WIGI member Ashley Pierce from EA’s recap of her teams experience at the Conference!
I wanted to share a recap of our awesome experience at Girlstart’s Girls in STEM conference on Saturday! Janet Cinfio sits on the board at GirlStart, and Sandra Suarez led the organization of our presence at the conference. Our team consisted of:
Sandra Suarez, Senior Program Manager, EADP
Myself (Ashley Pierce, Recruiter, BioWare)
Gloria Belanger, Procurement Manager, EADP
Holly Berry, Senior Technical Recruiter, EADP
Susan Calland, Senior Network Engineer
Janet Cinfio, VP, Online & Infrastructure Services
Angela Gallant, QA Lead, BioWare
We led 3 one-hour workshops titled “Gaming Adventures” for 4th-6th grade girls. We started with introductions and talking with girls about what we do at EA! Then we explained the goal of the workshop and the rules – essentially, each team of students was tasked with creating their own game prototypes. They had to create a game title, main character, rules of the game, and a game environment and present their finished product to the group. The most creative game team from each session won EA messenger bags (and we hope to have their games on display at the studio)! I was so impressed by the initiative, creative ideas, and teamwork I saw from these girls! They were truly inspiring!
Here are some photos from the event!
Winners from our 1st workshop! This team’s game was called “Starships” and had the tagline, “Try don’t die!”
Winners from our 2nd workshop! This team’s game was called “Polar Bears vs. Penguins,” and you had to make it through the world of polar bears to enter the more “girly” world of penguins and glitter!
Winners from our 3rd workshop! This team created “Trapped!”, a game where you must make it through various levels of a tower in 60 seconds (without falling off into the lava on either side)! 1st rule: don’t get caught by the fire-blowing snake!
“Help Sue & Mike get to the moon. (Watch out for asteroids.)” Great game advice from one of our teams!
There were lots of space-themed games in the workshop!
Another awesome game, “Girls’ Career: A Girl’s Life”. To win, you have to progress through several levels – math, engineering, science, and reading – to get a career! Note: this game is only $5.99! LOL
A survey one of the girls filled out after our workshop:
Pretty powerful stuff!
The FUTURE Women In Games! Keep a Look Out!
Thank you for the Recap of the Conference Ashley Pierce! Thank you to everyone who participated in GirlStart’s STEM Conference this year! Each and every single one of you is a gem!