Games That Teach Global Citizenship and Sustainable Development
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 Instituteof Education for Peace and Sustainable Development has created two games aimed at teaching students about global citizenship and sustainable development: World Rescue is a narrative, research-based videogame inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Through fast-paced gameplay set in Kenya, Norway, Brazil, India, and China, students meet five young heroes and help them solve global problems—such as displacement, disease, deforestation, drought, and pollution—at the community level. The Cantor’s World game educates people about the Inclusive Wealth Index (IWI) and the way it complements other indices. In the game, players experiment with policy choices and experience firsthand the tug-of-war between short-term results and long-term sustainability. Participants play the role of the sole architect of a country and decide the specific targets for their respective countries.
In smaller rural schools, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education can face troublesome barriers. In our K–12 district of 730 students, we have many of the common obstacles, including limited funds, no extra faculty, and an already overloaded class schedule. These three join arms to block us from using any of the really cool programs we’d like to. Other institutions sing praises of cutting-edge programs and share their successes. Meanwhile, rural schools are trying to figure out how to educate equally deserving kids in STEM.
Each fall at MIT, nearly 300 young female mathematicians in grade 11 or below compete in Advantage Testing Foundation’schallenging test of mathematical creativity and insight. The goal is to promote gender equity in the STEM professions and to encourage young women with exceptional potential to become mathematical and scientific leaders.
Developed by PlayMada Games, Collisions helps high school students visualize and interact with chemistry concepts through engaging and challenging digital games that integrate with the chemistry curriculum.