North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Seattle, Wash., is attempting to help middle school girls get into sci­ence, tech­nology, engi­neering and math (STEM) through a ven­ture called the GAMES ini­tia­tive, Geek­Wire reports.

GAMES Ini­tia­tive is a part­ner­ship with North­eastern, Insti­tute of Sys­tems Biology and the National Girls Col­lab­o­ra­tive Project to help launch three free video games intended to help girls become inter­ested in STEM careers. After col­lecting infor­ma­tion from middle school girls on char­ac­ters, graphics, plot and more, the part­ner­ship will feed that infor­ma­tion into a game jam.

The jam, which will fea­ture industry experts, will brain­storm 20 ideas, with one devel­oper even­tu­ally being selected to work on three projects. Those titles will then be released in 2016.

National grants, spon­sor­ship money and dona­tions will help fund GAMES. If the ini­tial process is suc­cessful, it could result in more games and an online com­mu­nity for girls to share their expe­ri­ences and con­nect with others.

You can watch the GAMES wel­come video below for more infor­ma­tion on the program.

Read the article at Polygon →