This program makes data science more accessible to teachers and students through games that are print and play and require minimal resources, linking activities in meaningful ways to the Australian Curriculum, and ensuring they can be adapted to all year levels by adding or removing optional gameplay elements. These game sheets are each created in conjunction with a subject-matter expert from the Centre for Data Science. They are translated into school-specific gameplay mechanics by STEM Tabletop Game Workshop Coordinator Jack Ford Morgan, who has been creating games from QUT projects for 3 years, and created tabletop games professionally for 6 years prior.
Game Sheet Catalogue
Create and control your very own ecosystem, managing plants, herbivores, carnivores, and insects to try and create a balanced world that will be able to endure and self-sustain many years into the future. Choose how many of which organisms to introduce into your biosphere, track their movements and activities, and collaborate with the other players to keep your own organisms, and the biosphere as a whole, alive.
Inspired by the real-life Biosphere 2 experiment, which can be seen here: https://biosphere2.org/
This game sheet was developed in partnership with the Centre’s Environment and Natural Systems Domain.
Work as a team to track the spread of COVID around the world, constructing a graph of the rate of spread, and then choose one of three interventions to deploy (Masks, Isolation, Vaccines) and re-track to see their impact on the global outbreak.
- A fun statistical experiment that allows direct impact and prediction of player choices
- Statistical analysis and prediction, without the complexity of large datasets Gameplay can be reduced to just the first page (Dice Rolling and Data Tracking) for Grades 1-3
- Gameplay can be extended by combining interventions for Grades 10-12 Teamwork
- Requires dice to play, and scissors to cut out pieces (unless precut before class)
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