Arctic Climate Game Jam

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UPDATED Dates and Schedule: Now one-day event on Saturday, April 29 from 9 AM to 6 PM

Registration deadline is now Friday, April 28

Saturday, April 29, 2017

About the event

The PoLAR Partnership, NOAA, Zulama, NCAR and partners are excited to announce a new ClimateGame Jam focused on the Arctic!

Our location of the Arctic Climate Game Jam will be held at the National Center for Atmospheric Research's Foothills laboratory, offering a unique opportunity for students, educators, scientists, and game designers to work together on the development of climate game prototypes that span a range of platforms, topics, and audiences.

To learn more, please visit The Arctic Climate Game Jam will encourage the creation of new game prototypes that allow players to learn about the effects of as well as solutions to climate change in the Arctic through a science-based interactive experience. Teams of students, educators, scientists, game designers, and others can dedicate up to 48 hours of game design. Four age categories have been established along with five game categories (Hack this game, Paper Prototype, Analog Game, Basic Digital Game and Advanced Digital Game). Game design teams will choose from important Arctic-related topics including changing sea levels, sea ice and glacier melt, ocean acidification, impacts on Indigenous communities, shifting ecosystems, and more. The Arctic Climate Game Jam offers a unique opportunity for participants to work as design teams, learn science facts, consider how a changing Arctic affects us all, and produce engaging experiences for audiences of many ages. No previous experience with game design is necessary.

Over the course of the weekend, teams of participants will build a game prototype and create a 2-minute pitch that explains the game concepts and how it relates to Arctic Climate Change. Awards will be given to the top games in each division locally. All pitches will be submitted to the National Climate Game Jam for potential national recognition. The official rubric and more information about each game type can be found here. The official divisions for the Game Jam are K-8, High School, College, and Professional.


The event will be held at NCAR Foothills Lab 2 on the northeast side of Boulder. See directions to the Arctic Game Jam for more information.


All participants are required to register for the event by Friday, April 28. Registration costs $9 for adults (over 18) and $7 for children (18 and under) to cover snacks and supplies. All youth under 18 participating in the event must be accompanied by an adult chaperone at all times. Adult chaperones do not have to pay for a registration unless they plan to participate but must accompany their children for the duration of the event. To register, cick here.


Anyone who wishes to volunteer for the event can register here. Volunteers do not have to pay the registration fee for the event.


We will provide paper and drawing materials (pens, pencils, markers, Post-It Notes) for all participants as well as access to printers and copiers. Participants are encouraged to bring their own drawing materials in addition to what is provided. Participants who wish to build digital games or design game items on a computer should bring their own laptops. Power outlets and wifi access will be provided.


This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

8:30 AMCheck-In
9:00 AMIntroductions
9:10 AMArctic Climate Overview
9:40 AMGame Design and Tools Overview
10:10 AMTeam Assignments and Brainstorming
12:00 PMLunch (on your own)
1:30 PMWork on Games
4:00 PMGame Pitches
5:00 PMAwards
6:00 PMAdjourn for Day


Please direct any questions about the event to David John Gagne.