During this workshop BGC introduced boys and girls as young as 7 to game development utilizing the Microsoft product KODU. We taught the workshop interactively using the PC interface and incorporated pairs programming, and near peer mentors into the mix. In fact in addition to a wonderful group of talented female software engineers from our BGC volunteer team, we had TAs/and mentors from ages 9 to 17 who jumped right in to teach other students the basics of creating a video game for the xBox.
This was one of the first classes BGC has taught with a mixed gender focus and it went smashingly well. In fact we even got the parents (and grandparents to stick around for class and join in the experience of seeing their kids get excited about programming and engineering. The best quote of the day by far was the comment by one of our students at the end of the day. He asked "so is this what an software engineer does? Then I'm interested in being an engineer".
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