This summer, 14-year-old Nabeha Barkatullah is spending her time gaming. But her parents won't be telling her to take a break from the computer or console anytime soon. In fact, they're even behind her dedication to and fascination with video games.
Barkatullah is a camper at Girls Make Games, headquartered in San Jose, California. The series of international summer camps, workshops and game jams have educated nearly 800 girls since 2014 in the basics of programming and design. Teams create video games and have an opportunity to pitch to industry experts at a demo day, where the winner's game gets published.
"At first I had no idea how to code, but now I am pretty confident in my coding," Barkatullah said, thanks to spending her past three summers at the camp.