ICEC Game Jam Registration opens January 3!
Games can help address real-world challenges, encourage systems thinking, and promote active engagement, making them particularly well suited to conservation education. Educational Game Jams provide opportunities for students to develop games around a theme. Game jams inspire curiosity, creativity, collaboration, optimism, and problem-solving skills and can be used at any grade level.
This year’s Environmental Game Jam is a collaborative effort between ICEC, Iowa Project WILD, and students from University of Iowa College of Education. Each topic includes instructions for the students and an activity guide on various environmental issues in modern-day society, plus additional resources educators can use along with, or outside of the Game Jam activity.
Game Jam 2021-2022 topics:
- Endangered species
- Water Pollution
- Invasive Species
- Renewable energy
- Open to students in grades 3-12 (Grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12)
- Game can be analog (card games, board games, role playing games) or digital
- Teams should be 2-5 students
- Teacher/educator must register all teams!
- Games should help people better understand the selected topic.
- Sign up for Game Jam Q & A Zoom on February 2, 2022
- Register your team(s)
Teams must submit their game description and up to a 4-minute video by March 6, 2022 to be included in judging. A link to the submission form will be shared with all educators after they register.
- Games will be judged and winners selected in March 2022. Winners will be recognized in April (date TBD).
- Winners will be selected for the following categories:
- Grades 3-5, analog; Grades 3-5, digital
- Grades 6-8, analog; Grades 6-8, digital
- Grades 9-12, analog; Grades 9-12, digital
- All topics will be combined for judging.
Contact ICEC for additional questions! firstname.lastname@example.org