Glitch Game Testers started in 2009 as a research project to leverage young African American males passion for digital games into an interest in computing. For three years high school students worked as a Quality Assurance (QA) team for various game companies. They worked full-time in the summer and part-time during the school year testing games and entertainment applications. To date we have had 33 young men participate in the program, of the 25 who have completed high school (the others are still enrolled) most have gone on to college to focus on computing or digital media studies.
The students’ QA job training includes introductory computer science courses. We hope Glitch is developing future game programmers, designers, and artist to improve the diversity of the game industry. But no matter what they choose to do next, this real world work experience will assist them in their careers.
The Future of Glitch
Glitch Game Testers is now being run by a partnership with a private sector company, KDC Inc. and Georgia Tech. High school students are trained at Georgia Tech during a two week intensive course to do QA work and introductory computer science classes. Then KDC hires these students to do QA work. Through the course of the school year Georgia Tech continues to offer workshops on CS to students to maintain their interest in computing and to get them more comfortable on a college campus.
Glitch was a research project conducted by Georgia Institute of Technology and Morehouse College and funded by the National Science Foundation.