Game Stimulating Productive Dialogue About Race and Ethnicity
Developed by a cultural anthropologist, the two-player Who Am I? Race Awareness Game is designed to stimulate a productive dialogue between adults/educators and children regarding the complex and sensitive issues of race and ethnicity in a multicultural world. In the game, one player selects a target picture of a real person; the other player then asks “yes or no” questions to figure out who was picked. The app features more than 150 photographs of actual people from varied backgrounds, so the game can be played multiple times with new combinations of pictures each time. In addition, more than 60 practical tips suggest ways to talk with children about race and build deductive reasoning and communication skills. The Who Am I? Race Awareness Game is part of Interactive Diversity Solutions, bringing together art, technology, and education to get people talking about race in an entirely new way. By teaching about race in an innovative and engaging way, the game promotes respect, understanding, and empathy for all people. The app is made available, at no cost, by Playtime Interactive for iOS devices.
The Pack, created by the New York Hall of Science, is an open virtual-world game based around two timely STEM subjects—environmental awareness and computationalthinking. The game is set in a future world where healthy ecosystems have faltered and resources are scarce.
Nancy Drew Codes and CluesMystery Game sparks an interest in coding, especially for girls, through a fun and engaging story. The mystery adventure also builds critical thinking and reading skills, as students read along with story dialogue. As members of Nancy Drew’s De-TECH-Tive crew, players choose disguises, find clues, and program a robot puppy to solve the mystery of a missing project at the Tech Fair.
Learning through digital technology and video games can lead to more peaceful societies, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the educational arm of the United Nations. The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development has created two games aimed at teaching students about global citizenship and sustainable development.