A Boise high school student is being honored today in Washington DC for her work on the National STEM Video Game Challenge.

15-year old Lauren Thomas of Boise came up with a video game called The Great Desert Escapade, which puts you in the middle of one of the hottest deserts in the world, and you have to have the survival skills to make it out.  She says she likes to spend time outdoors here in the Treasure Valley, and we're all thankful that the hot and painful desert is only part of the game and not somewhere between here and Meridian today.  She wins the High School Gamestar Mechanic category of the 2016 National STEM Video Game Challenge.

Lauren is among 24 students honored at a ceremony in Washington, DC this afternoon. Her sister Olivia Thomas was one of last year’s winners.  Wow!  Good for those parents for encouraging the creativity.  I think the rest of us moms are learning that it's okay to let the kids play video games.  Nice work, Lauren!