In this project students will create a new game that teaches elements of ecology while applying writing skills in the backstory and instructions, math skills in calculating probability and triangles, and engineering prowess in making the actual game components in the lab.
The culmination of this project will be a game that is targeted at a middle school audience to play and learn about ecology. It may be a board game, "Jenga" type game, operation type game, or whatever else the students venture to create.
Skills gained in this project include storytelling, explicit instruction writing, probability, right triangles, using design process, using CorelDraw, cutting/engraving on CNC laser, and ecological processes.
-English participation in this project will focus on the writing elements of the game, including backstory and instructions.
-Biology will be the content/teaching focus of the created game in providing the understanding of how ecosystems interact, which will be the focus of the game students create.
-Math will teach probabilities of games for students to predict outcomes and make informed decisions, as well as right triangles and how they can be found and used throughout many places.
-Engineering will participate in teaching the design process involved in the prototyping and creation of the physical parts of the game. Students will design their game pieces and create them on a CNC laser.
Careers related to this project can be found from multiple subject areas- a machinist as students learn the lab CNC tools, mechanical engineering from design and creation of game elements, writer, biologist/ecologist, forest service, statistician.
In addition to the CTE/STEM focus of the unit/project lessons, educators will find academic lessons in English, biology and math that supplement the primary core area of study.
This unit is brought to you by James Stockdale (CTE), Bridget Howitt (ELA), Tange Barlow (Science), and Alan Webberley (Math) with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Team Lead Mina Greas.