Can Video Game Testing Spark Interest in Computing Among Black Youth?

September 10, 2009 at 10:05 am 3 comments

Betsy diSalvo’s Glitch project is featured on the Georgia Tech home page today.  The follow-on link is really nice and starts to describe some of her findings from the first summer of the effort — really interesting stuff: GT | Digital Lounge – Gaming – Can Video Game Testing Spark Interest in Computing Among Black Youth?.

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  • 1. Mark Miller  |  September 10, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    It’s a neat idea. I don’t get the sense from the article that the students are allowed to change the software they’re testing. That would be nice, but then I understand the constraints of commercial software. The very first experience I had that interested me in programming was 28 years ago, watching someone else debug a simple game they were developing. Is this program being offered for all teens? Maybe the article was written for an advocacy audience, but it sounds like it’s just being offered to black students.

  • 2. Mark Guzdial  |  September 11, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    It is just being offered to black students. It’s part of our “Broadening Participation in Computing” effort.

  • 3. Norcross schools  |  September 25, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    There are so many opportunities for educating kids…it really doesn’t matter what “color” you were born with. Parents need to just do what it takes to get their children exposed to many areas of interest.


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