[OLPC-Games] Announcing the Project IT Girl Games!
clare at girlstart.org
Wed Jun 11 16:02:21 EDT 2008
Announcing the Project IT Girl Games!
Project IT Girl is a Girlstart after-school program in Austin, Texas, funded by the National Science Foundation. The program consists of 44 high school girls (16 - 17 years old) who are learning how to use technology to make a difference in the world over a three-year period. During the 2007 - 2008 school year, students piloted Girlstart's "Python with a Purpose" curriculum. The IT Girls were given a real-world project: develop an educational game using Python and Pygame that can be distributed to children around the world via the One Laptop per Child program. Each girl picked a learning objective for her game that most interested her, from "practice fractions" to "spread awareness of AIDS testing."
Out of 35 total games developed by the girls, 17 games were deemed "XO eligible", meaning they use only images and sounds in the public domain or under the Creative Commons license.
To *download the games* and to learn more about Project IT Girl, see our page on the OLPC wiki: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Project_IT_Girl
These games have NOT been tested on an XO laptop. There are many known issues in the games, including high CPU usage. If you are interested in testing the games and/or helping to bring the games up to XO standards, please email Zakiyyah Kareem at zakiyyah at girlstart.org.
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