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 New Climate Game Jam – Water!

    April 15-24, 2016

What is a Climate Game Jam?

Teams gather to rapidly prototype game designs (online, pervasive, tabletop, or other formats) and to inject new ideas to help grow the game industry and make educational climate information accessible to a range of audiences.

Climate Game Jam Water!  April 15-24, 2016

Join us for a new game jam designed for students in grades K-16.  The game jam is open to students who register within established sites. Teams will dedicate up to 48 hours of game design within the 10-day time period.  Four age categories and five game categories (Hack this game, Paper prototypes, Analog game, Basic digital game, and Advanced game design) have been established.  Teams submit 2-minute videos at the conclusion of their design time.  Winners will be posted on this website and invited to a showcase later in the year. Sites must register to sponsor team entries. Site Registration form

Learn about game formats for games and specific information about Twine prototypes and Scratch in the Hack-a-Game category for the Climate Game Jam. Speakers: Kevin Miklasz, Alex Fleming, Matthew Farber   View the archive

The polar regions are early warning signs of climate change and are facing more rapid changes that in other areas of Earth. Join this discussion of the dramatic changes at the poles. Speaker: Stephanie Pfirman. View the Archive

Learn about sea level rise and public domain climate and water information from NOAA and other federal science agencies. Find out how to access libraries of images and visualizations that are free to use in game design. Speakers: Bruce Moravchik and Peg Steffen.  View the Archive

Climate Change is bringing about many changes to the hydrologic (water) cycle. Join experts from NOAA and the University of Washington to discuss precipitation changes, flooding, drought and sea level rise. Speakers: Dargan Frierson, Jim Noel and Sabrina Culyba. View the Archive

Few Pacific island communities have regular access to clean, treated drinking water. My must rely on rainwater catchment, springs or surface waters.  Learn about some of the simple, inexpensive low-tech ways to decontaminate water. Water for Life website: w4l.prel.org Speaker: Ethan Allan. View the Archive

The Results are In from the October jam!

Teams from eleven sites submitted game design ideas through 1-2 minute videos.  These were reviewed by panels of judges from the game design world and from climate science.  Categories included K-8, High School, College, and Adult divisions. Head to the CGJ Finalists page for links to all of the games and the winning entries.

Related Upcoming Events

Games for Change Climate Game Challenge – The PoLAR Partnership, Autodesk, and Games for Change (G4C) will award a prize of $10,000 USD to one winner to create a digital game that engages players to understand their role in addressing climate change. May 6, 2016 submission deadline.