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Friday, April 21, 2017, 5:00am

Interested in innovative approaches to climate change communication? Want to collaboratively develop fun and educational games for social impact? Join the PoLAR Climate Change Education Partnership, SUNY Sullivan’s Division of Science, Technology & Math, and the Simulation and Game Development Lab at SUNY Sullivan for an Arctic Climate Game Jam!

APRIL 21st 22nd AND 23rd @SUNY SULLIVAN
9 AM – 5 PM Lower G Building

What is a Climate Game Jam?

Teams gather to rapidly design a game (online, mobile, street, tabletop, or other formats) to teach learners of all ages about the impacts of and solutions to climate change. Participants work together throughout the weekend to create a working climate game prototype.

Who can participate?

The Arctic Climate Game Jam is open to the public! The Jam offers a unique opportunity for educators, middle and high school students, college students, scientists, game designers, and anyone else who is interested, to work together on climate game prototypes that span a range of platforms, topics, and audiences. Although having experience in game design and/or climate change education is helpful, it is not necessary.

Featuring special guest speakers and opportunities for prizes!

***Space is limited! Register at http://bit.ly/arcticgamejam ***

Background

Games are increasingly used in educational settings to help inspire curiosity, creativity, collaboration, optimism, and problem-solving skills. Serious games address real-world challenges, compress big problems into immediate experiences, encourage systems thinking, and promote active engagement, making them particularly well suited to climate change education. The field of games focused on climate change is growing, yet there remain gaps in the type of content covered. For instance, many climate games focus on mitigation of greenhouse gases and international negotiations, while few address adaptation to change or local solutions. Games provide a powerful opportunity for enhancing climate literacy.

For more information on the Climate Game Jam initiative, visit climategamejam.org.