As a Dell Powering the Possible recipient in the United States, Girl Scouts of the USA is collaborating with Dell to close the technology gap through Be the Video Game Developer and Digital Cookie. Focused on engaging underserved girls across Dell’s targeted regions, these multiyear programs build on Dell’s commitment by enriching through experiential learning what girls study in school and by introducing them to potential academic studies and careers in STEM fields.
Through two phases of Be the Video Game Developer, girls learn first how to Make a Game, and then how to De-Bug a Game. In Make a Game, girls are given the opportunity to choose and incorporate what they would like to see in a video game—avatars, storylines, and other video game features. De-Bug a Game introduces girls to a fun and interactive tutorial that allows them to troubleshoot broken game scenarios and write game code functions. Through Be the Video Game Developer, girls learn ideation, critical thinking, and teamwork skills and gain confidence by identifying problems, finding solutions, and being empowered to become STEM leaders.
Digital Cookie, an extension of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, is designed to provide online and entrepreneurial know-how and encourages girls to learn vital twenty-first century technology skills. Digital Cookie gives girls—through their own personal websites—the opportunity to take their cookie business to the next level and preps them for future success in the digital world in a fun, safe, and interactive way. Digital Cookie 2.0 debuted in December 2015 with new modules, games, quizzes, and marketing and sales assessment tools that will help girls develop the confidence they need to be savvy digital entrepreneurs.
Across Dell-selected regions, the following Girl Scout councils were awarded Dell grants and technology to help engage underserved populations and increase girl participation in our valuable STEM programs. Participating Girl Scout councils are:
- Be the Video Game Developer: Girl Scout councils of Central Texas, Middle Tennessee, Nation’s Capital, Northern California, and Western Oklahoma
- Digital Cookie: Girl Scout councils of Central Texas, Western Oklahoma, Northern California, the Green and White Mountains, and Greater Atlanta
"Entrepreneurs and small businesses are the engines of our global economy," said Trisa Thompson, chief responsibility officer at Dell. "It is in all of our best interests to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit from a young age and support the digital literacy skills required to thrive in a connected world. By supporting Girl Scouts' Digital Cookie program, we help girls expand their existing cookie businesses and prepare them to be future female business leaders."
For information on how Dell is helping their communities thrive, visit www.dell.com/communities.
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that work harder for those customers, giving them the power to do more. This same philosophy applies to Dell’s Powering the Possible program in which Dell partners with organizations to identify their most pressing needs. Dell Powering the Possible applies the power of technology to four strategic areas: discovering cures for pediatric cancer, bridging the digital divide in education, fueling social entrepreneurship, and bringing relief in the wake of disaster.
To learn more about the Dell program, visit www.dell.com/giving.