Summer camp for girl gamers is ready to play

An upcoming summer camp in St. Paul will focus on building interest among young girls in digital gaming, an industry that has traditionally been dominated by males.

The free camp, called Girls Game 2gether, is being put together by Ben Estes, a youth technology coordinator for the nonprofit agency Project for Pride in Living, along with two colleagues Brianna Belanger and Jessica Talley. It will take place in two separate week-long cycles (6/25 – 6/29 & 8/6 – 8/10) at the Eastside YMCA in St. Paul.

This inaugural event is aimed at girls in middle school and will focus on basic game design concepts. Participants will learn about the history and content of video games and will go through the process of creating simple Flash games.