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FREE Climate Game Day for Teachers! Ekos, Energetic & More!

April 13 @ 10:00 am 1:00 pm

Learn to mitigate climate change through classroom-ready games! Learn to play Ekos, Energetic, and more! Everyone will take home a game!

Many thanks to ConEd for ongoing support of our ClimateSTEM Series!

Join us in-person April 13, for a day of learning to play classroom friendly Climate Change simulation and solutioning games! We will be joined by some of the game creators, and game sets will be raffled!

Your own middle and/or high schooler children (not your students) are welcome to join us – please email [email protected] to let us know!



It is the near future in the City of Ekos. The planet is rapidly urbanizing, placing tremendous pressure on cities and urban areas to provide good living conditions for the majority of humanity…

A group of community members must come together to design and build a network of resilient systems, and envision a more equitable and sustainable Ekos in the face of climate change and other challenges. As one of six actors — a City Council Speaker, City Planner, Community Organizer, Ecologist, Designer, and Modeler — it is your mission to use resources wisely, collaborate with others and improve the adaptive capacity of your systems against extreme events like heat waves, floods, power outages and pandemics.

To win, players must use systems thinking and explore concepts of resilience to collaborate, problem solve, and envision just urban futures.

Visit https://www.ekosgame.com for more details.



Decarbonize New York City with the game of Energetic!

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.

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.”

Visit Energetic to find out more and order your own set.


Cost: FREE. Game sets will be raffled off to participants. You must attend to be in the running! Our ClimateSTEM Series is supported by ConEd.


STEMteachersNYC delivers professional development workshops for teachers, by teachers, about teaching, since 2011. All workshops over 2hrs offer CTLE. CUNY Pre-service teachers may attend for free. Please reach out if your school requires an invoice. We are an NYCDOE MTAC Vendor.


139 West 91st Street
New York, NY 10024 United States