Piper the Programmer

Piper the Programmer is a two-dimensional  scroller game that we created which includes a female protagonist,  collectibles that are coding symbols, and  enemies that are computer “viruses”. We hope that our game will inspire girls to create their own games, or explore the realm of gaming . This is just the first step in getting more girls interested in STEM fields to jump the gender gap, as well as appealing to a wider audience with our Makey Makey glove.

"We found that there was a lack of female protagonists in video games and believe that this is one of the reasons that the gaming industry is dominated by males. Additionally, we looked at the user-end of video games and realized that for many people with arthritis or disabilities, using the keyboard is an extremely difficult task."
— Madeline

Organization: Girls Who Code
Student: Madeline Shea
Project Team Members: Nathalie Simon (11th grade), Binta Jalloh (11th grade), Angela Wong (12th grade), Caroline McCadden (12th grade)
Type of Work: Game
Location: Boston - Microsoft
Grade: 12th Grade
Year Created: 2015

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