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Published 3 Years Ago on Thursday, Nov 07 2019 By Inside Telecom Staff
LAS VEGAS (AP) — several dozen middle schoolers played video
games and toured the e-sports arena at the Luxor casino-resort this week as
part of a new program working to get girls excited about careers in science,
technology, engineering, arts and math.
The trip was part of a new program called Battle Born Girls
Innovate, hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas International Gaming
Institute. The program focuses on girls in Title 1 schools where at least 85%
of the population is enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program.
Administrators say the Battle Born Girls program aims to
provide experiences and draw attention to careers like e-sports.
About 40 students from Roy W. Martin Middle School toured
the e-sports arena and heard from women working in the industry.
Sydney Ferguson, who played the online game Fortnite in the
Luxor’s 30,000-square-foot (9,144-meter) HyperX E-sports Arena, told the Las
Vegas Review Journal that it was her first time playing the game.
“I don’t have a PC that’s this fancy or a headset
that’s this fancy or a keyboard this fancy so playing with all this
high-quality stuff is a really cool experience,” Ferguson said. “I
probably won’t get to do this much.”
She said the trip sparked her interest in the types of
fields the program is looking to promote among girls.
“I liked listening to all the executive people speak
because I’d like to be in an executive position one day and make all the
important decisions because that’s just cool,” she said.
Shekinah Hoffman, the founder of the Battle Born program,
told the Las Vegas Sun that while the e-sports industry is growing and has
become a lucrative career, a gender gap persists in the field.
“In playing the games, it’s actually 50-50 between males and females,” Hoffman said. “Where the divide starts to happen is when you get into competitions and when you think about working in that industry. It becomes very male-dominated, but I think that can change. It starts with awareness.”
Credit: Associated Press
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