Workshop to teach girls animation and gaming - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Workshop to teach girls animation and gaming

(WMC-TV) - A local group is working to empower young women as well as build an interest in a technology-centered career path.

This is a room full of ideas, all thanks to an organization called Black Girls Code.

The group hosts workshops like this one which teach girls how to create their own computer game.

Organizers said they are trying to stir interest in young girls and minorities in a group that is often under served in technology fields.

Meka Egwuekwe helped organize Saturday's workshop. Egwuekwe has been working alongside many other volunteers as well. He said it is great to share his passion with others.

"I love to see the expression on all these young lady's faces in terms of the light bulb going off. (When it does, they) see they really can do this that this. It isn't really hard. It isn't just for boys or anyone else. It's for me too," exclaimed Egwuekwe.

Many of the girls love the experience.

"I think it's a once in a lifetime (opportunity) to do before you get to college. Not a lot of people get to do it," declared participant Koryn Smith.

She is taking what they have learned here and is walking away with a better understanding of using their creative skills in a technology filled world.

Community outreach organizer, Nicole Harris, is a firm supporter in the workshop.

"This particular workshop is game development. We've also done mobile applications. So, there's always a new component for them. They're able to take these things back, go home show their parents, go to school, show their friends, and that's another way to build interest," said Harris.

To learn more about the program, click here: http://bit.ly/1cyUhpN

Copyright 2013 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • From Wheelchair to the Boston Marathon

    From Wheelchair to the Boston Marathon

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:34 PM EDT2017-05-25 03:34:21 GMT

    In April, Williams Baptist cross country runner Alex Van Herpen competed in the prestigious Boston Marathon. An incredible feat. Learning about his path to get there, it stopped me in my tracks. Five years ago Alex was bound to a wheelchair. in January of 2011, he was diagnosed with strep throat, the flu and mono all within a two week period. For five months Alex was bound to a wheel chair. One day he just got up and walked. Medical experts had no explanation for any of it.  ...

    In April, Williams Baptist cross country runner Alex Van Herpen competed in the prestigious Boston Marathon. An incredible feat. Learning about his path to get there, it stopped me in my tracks. Five years ago Alex was bound to a wheelchair. in January of 2011, he was diagnosed with strep throat, the flu and mono all within a two week period. For five months Alex was bound to a wheel chair. One day he just got up and walked. Medical experts had no explanation for any of it.  ...

  • Traffic stop uncovers drugs, stolen gun

    Traffic stop uncovers drugs, stolen gun

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 10:40 PM EDT2017-05-25 02:40:17 GMT
    Eiichi Moore (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Department)Eiichi Moore (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Department)

    Jonesboro Police Officer Joseph Bransetter pulled over a car for no license plate illumination shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday. Bransetter said after coming into contact with the driver, Eiichi Moore, he noticed the smell of marijuana.

    Jonesboro Police Officer Joseph Bransetter pulled over a car for no license plate illumination shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday. Bransetter said after coming into contact with the driver, Eiichi Moore, he noticed the smell of marijuana.

  • Organizers switch to Plan B for Portfest

    Organizers switch to Plan B for Portfest

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 10:19 PM EDT2017-05-25 02:19:06 GMT
    (Source: KAIT-TV)(Source: KAIT-TV)

    Several people are gearing up for this year's Portfest Festival. But, the location has changed.

    According to Julie Allen, director of Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, they're moving this year's Portfest Festival to downtown Newport.

    Several people are gearing up for this year's Portfest Festival. But, the location has changed.

    According to Julie Allen, director of Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, they're moving this year's Portfest Festival to downtown Newport.

Powered by Frankly