Catan: Global Warming

This game is an expansion on the popular board game Catan, it adapts the regular Catan game to become a game about sustainability and climate change. It's a neat idea, but teachers must already own the game and know how to play it.

This game-based learning would be great for after-school activities, environmental clubs, or a 'free' period in school. The amount of setup needed to get the game going and explain the rules may be too involved for regular classroom use.

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Sam Illingworth and Paul Wake
Manchester Game Studies

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This could be a fun game to have on hand for free time, clubs, or other educational 'down time.' Students can play a board game and still address aspects of science standards associated with climate change.

Ambitious teachers could set this up as a virtual game to be played in a Google Hangout or similar environment.

This could be a good activity for an extension or adaptation for screen-free virtual/distance learning. Teachers may decide to offer the game as an extra credit and loan the game out to students who are interested, if students do not have access themselves.