The Memphis Chapter of Black Girls CODE will host a game development workshop on July 26 at New Horizons Computer Learning Center at 4775 American Way. The workshop will focus on using Beta, an interactive tool that allows players to simultaneously play, create and share games while learning how to code.
“Kids absolutely love building games in Beta,” said Meka Egwuekwe, Core Team Lead. “We are excited to bring this groundbreaking learning platform to Memphis for the first time, and are looking forward to our girls expressing their creativity.”
Black Girls CODE, founded in 2011 by Kimberly Bryant, features numerous chapters “dedicated to providing girls of color with the technical skills and inspiration to become technology leaders of tomorrow.”
The workshop will be taught by Errol King, co-founder and creative director of Hidden Level Games, the New York-based startup that created Beta. Check-in begins at 9a.m., and the event starts at 10 a.m.
The cost of the workshop is $35 per child, with limited scholarships available. To access the online platform that will be used, attendees must create a Beta account prior to the workshop by visiting https://betathegame.com/create_account. Parents/guardians must purchase the full version for $10.
“Community support for the Memphis chapter of BGC has been amazing. Memphians continually express an interest in ensuring our girls have the same STEM opportunities afforded to them as girls in other cities,” said Non-Technical Lead Nic Harris.
Businesses or organizations interested in food sponsorships or swag bag donations are
Volunteer orientation for technical volunteers will be held online at a later date. Individuals wishing to volunteer should visit http://www.blackgirlscode.com/volunteer-signup.html to sign up.
For additional information or to inquire about sponsoring a girl, contact Meka Egwuekwe, Core Team Lead, at 901-484-4203.
Online Registration: https://betamemphisbgc.eventbrite.com