Girls STEAM Summer Camp held at Becker

Published on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018
Participants in girls STEAM summer camp pose for a group photo.

Participants in the girls STEAM summer camp pose for a group photo with Becker College President Nancy Crimmin, center, and some of Becker’s female faculty and graduates who are leading the program.

Becker College is hosting a video game summer camp for seventh and eighth grade girls from inner city and rural parts of New England. The goal of the ForEach Academy (For Each Girl to Reach) is to inspire a love of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) and to help turn that passion into a career path.

Participants learn to design, create and build games. They also learn the fundamentals of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Design, Modeling, and electronics. Each girl receives a free Android tablet to take home, which they use during the program to produce and operate their games.

ForEach Academy is primarily led by Becker’s female faculty and recent graduates. Current students serve as mentors.

This year, girls from Worcester, Pawtucket, Providence, Leominster, Fitchburg, Dudley, Webster and other New England towns are participating in the program. ForEach Academy is made possible through grants from leading industry organizations like the Entertainment Software Association Foundation, which seeks to use video game technology to spark STEAM-interest in under-served populations.

“By working alongside positive role models and teaching them new skills, we hope to inspire, lead, encourage, and spark an interest in game programming and STEAM subjects for girls,” said Alan Ritacco, dean of the School of Design and Technology, which hosts the camp. “Exposing girls to these careers at a young age helps ensure we have a diverse and talented pipeline of future game makers and tech industry leaders.”