Extreme Event on the Road: 2017 ASTC Conference

ASTC Conference attendees make decisions about which resources to invest in during the Prepare Phase of Extreme Event: Rock City

In October 2017, staff from Koshland and the Science Museum of Virginia presented Extreme Event at the 2017 Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference in San Jose, CA. ASTC is a global organization that provides a collective voice, professional support, and programming opportunities for science centers, museums, and related institutions, whose innovative approaches to science learning inspire people of all ages about the wonders and the meaning of science in their lives. The session, titled Extreme Event: Using Role-playing Games to Build Community Disaster Resilience, was part of the conference’s Education and Programming track. 

Players pool their resources across the chasm that opened in Extreme Event: Rock City

ASTC Conference attendees played Extreme Event: Rock City and then heard from Karen McKenzie, Assistance Director of Education at the Science Museum of Virginia. Karen talked about how the museum has facilitated Extreme Event: River City as part of its Learn, Prepare, Act – Resilient Citizens Make Resilient Communities programming funded by an Environmental Literacy Grant from NOAA. Karen focused on how the museum has facilitated the low-tech version of the game and really customized it to their local Richmond, VA audience.


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