Girl gamers to de­scend on USC Gympie cam­pus

Free school hol­i­day work­shop open to girls 11 years and over

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

GYMPIE girls are in­vited to ex­plore the world of gam­ing as part of a free hol­i­day work­shop by the Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast de­signed to in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy spe­cial­ists.

The day-long Girls Make Games work­shop on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 28, at USC’s Gympie cam­pus will be led by in­ter­na­tion­ally-recog­nised gam­ing ed­u­ca­tor, USC As­so­ciate Lec­turer in Se­ri­ous Games Dr Colleen Stieler-Hunt.

Girls aged 11 years and over can de­sign and code their own game with help from Dr Stieler-Hunt and USC’s Bach­e­lor of Se­ri­ous Games staff and stu­dents.

The work­shop is sup­ported by the Tech Girls Move­ment, a world­wide ini­tia­tive that en­cour­ages girls to con­sider ca­reers in STEM (Science, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics).

Dr Stieler-Hunt, who ear­lier this year re­ceived a schol­ar­ship to at­tend the world’s largest game de­vel­op­ers’ con­fer­ence in San Fran­cisco, said the fun work­shop would teach the ba­sics of game-mak­ing, and high­light fu­ture job op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered by the in­dus­try.

“The gam­ing in­dus­try is now big busi­ness.

“Peo­ple may think games are friv­o­lous but they can be more than purely en­ter­tain­ing, and can ed­u­cate and change be­hav­iours,” she said.

There are limited places in the work­shop.

To reg­is­ter email gympie@usc.edu.au by Septem­ber 22.

GAME ON: The day-long Girls Make Games work­shop on Septem­ber 28, at USC’s Gympie cam­pus will be led by in­ter­na­tion­al­lyrecog­nised gam­ing ed­u­ca­tor, USC As­so­ciate Lec­turer in Se­ri­ous Games Dr Colleen Stieler-Hunt.

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