Studies suggest that kids who play computer-based games increase their understanding of knowledge structures, spatial intelligence and cogitative ability. Girls just know that computer games are fun!

On Friday, March 31, 2006, the student chapter of ACMW hosted a workshop for 2006 Women in Science day, called "Computer Games for Girls". Seventeen girls, ages 13-14, attended the workshop to learn more about what makes a good game and how to build their own games.

We started with a brief presentation about game design concepts like rewards, obstacles and challenges. Then we turned the girls loose. Using an application called Gamemaker, each participant built a new level for an existing game.  The original game is 'Angels & Demons', developed by freshman Liz Leggett, with fellow undergrad Linda Wang. Some of the new levels were pretty creative and challenging.

The workshop was presented and assisted by:

Game Name Author(s) Executable (.exe) Editable (.gm6)
[Requires Gamemaker]
Angels & Demons Liz Leggett (with Linda Wang)

  Irina [Click and Play!] [CLICK to Save and Edit]
  Aerin [Click and Play!] [CLICK to Save and Edit]
  Cierra [Click and Play!] [CLICK to Save and Edit]
  Cheyenne [Click and Play!] [CLICK to Save and Edit]
  Je'lisa [Click and Play!] [CLICK to Save and Edit]
  Chandler [Click and Play!] [CLICK to Save and Edit]
  Sarah [Click and Play!] [CLICK to Save and Edit]
  Markeisha [Click and Play!] [CLICK to Save and Edit]
  Malivan [Click and Play!] [CLICK to Save and Edit]
  Totianyna [Click and Play!] [CLICK to Save and Edit]
  Ginger [Click and Play!] [CLICK to Save and Edit]
DeMarco anonymous [Click and Play!] [CLICK to Save and Edit]
xxx anonymous [Click and Play!] [CLICK to Save and Edit]
  anonymous [Click and Play!] [CLICK to Save and Edit]

To get your own FREE copy of gamemaker, go to www.gamemaker.nl