Decarbonize New York City with the game of Energetic! (HS)
October 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Grade LevelHigh School
See the scope of change and cooperation needed to transform the city’s energy demand & supply in time to meet goals for the Paris Agreement.
Leaders: Richard Reiss, Rachel Wax, Matthew Sarker
We designed a board game about the future of New York City! Energetic is a cooperative team challenge in which you work to decarbonize New York City by building 16 GW of carbon neutral power by 2035. Each player is given the chance to see the scope of change and cooperation needed to transform the city’s energy demand and supply in time to meet goals for the Paris Agreement. Energetic is used as part of climate courses at Carnegie Mellon, Vanderbilt, Bronx Science, and Hunter College HS, as well as at other universities and high schools. At this workshop we will hear from teachers that use the game, and then we will try it ourselves! Can we keep the lights on in NYC in 2035?
Matt S. – I used the game in my physics class as a potential end project for students to engage with. The physics ideas of gigawatts and the attributes of energy sources were embedded in the context of decision making. The game itself is essentially a model, and NGSS connections to the science practices standards related to the crosscutting concept of science and society are well aligned with the game.
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:
- Develop and/or use a model (including mathematical and computational) to generate data to support explanations, predict phenomena, analyze systems, and/or solve problems.
New York State:
- Science and Engineering Practices: HS-PS1-1: Use a model to predict the relationships between systems or between components of a system.
- Engineering Design: HS-ETS1-1: Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.”
Game sets will be available for play and to learn during the workshop. Additional sets will be available for purchase at a discount the day of the workshop.
Visit Energetic to find out more and order your own set.