Looking for information or interest in game about carbon cycle from point of view of carbon atom. Simple game.

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Joanne Ivancic

Jan 4, 2022, 2:34:01 PMJan 4
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I was referred to this group by Eric (Batcat) (Never Alone Team) after I made the following inquiry after attending an online presentation about use of games for education, particularly climate mitigation education.  It is my dream that someone will do a game that explains the carbon cycle from the point of view of a carbon atom. This could be a very simple game for very young children who can just choose different paths from the starting point of being part of a lump of coal combusted for power generation, linking with two oxygen friends as part of exhaust sent into the atmosphere; and then following many adventures that go through different plants and transformations like digestion after being eaten by an animal, digestion in an anaerobic digester, conversion to ethanol or other biofuels, becoming part of plastic or cement, etc. There can be elemental science taught or deep dives into biology, microbiology, chemistry and physics.

I think that even the most basic game would teach the player(s) a lot.

Our organization, Advanced Biofuels USA is a barely funded all-volunteer nonprofit, so this is not something we can fund.

If any of you ever take this idea and run with it, please let me know and I’ll promote it on our website; or if you would like to talk with me about this in greater detail, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Or, perhaps you know of such a game that already exists. Please let me know. I think that understanding the carbon cycle helps people think more deeply about causes of and possible solutions to climate change.

Here’s some information about Advanced Biofuels USA:

Advanced Biofuels USA, a nonprofit educational organization advocates for the adoption of advanced, sustainable, renewable fuels as an immediate climate change mitigation and pollution control solution. Our key tool is our web site, www.AdvancedBiofuelsUSA.org, with a more than 40,000-item online library, a resource for all from opinion-leaders, decision-makers and legislators to industry professionals, investors, feedstock growers and researchers; as well as journalists, teachers and students. We prepare technology and policy assessments, brief government staff, participate in conferences and lecture. Technology neutral and feedstock and product agnostic, our work is respected around the world.

If you want to reach me directly, in...@AdvancedBiofuelsUSA.org  I don't usually use th listed gmail account.   Thanks, Joanne

David Gagnon

Jan 6, 2022, 12:48:48 PMJan 6
to advancedb...@gmail.com, Games for Change
We have a very simple carbon, nitrogen and water cycle game at https://theyardgames.org/#games

David Gagnon
Field Day Lab
Wisconsin Center for Education Research
University of Wisconsin - Madison

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William D. Volk

Jan 6, 2022, 12:48:56 PMJan 6
to Joanne Ivancic, Games for Change, William D. Volk

I found a ‘paper’ game on this subject:  https://climatechangelive.org/img/fck/file/carbon_cycle_game.pdf


By rolling a die, students will simulate a molecule of carbon’s movement throughout various locations within the carbon cycle.

Maybe that could be adapted to a mobile and/or web based game?
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