Role-Playing Scenarios


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Risky Business: Using Games to Understand Farmer Decision-making in Sri Lanka part of Teach the Earth:Teaching Activities
In coupled natural and human systems (such as farming), decision-making is rarely straightforward since it is influenced by myriad factors. This in-class role playing game allows students to step into the shoes of ...

Communicate the Quake: An interactive earthquake role-play used to teach communication skills part of Examples
Communicate the Quake is an interactive role-play used to teach upper-level undergraduate students about earthquake hazards, emergency management, and risk communication through the management of an authentic earthquake event.

The Volcanic Hazards Simulation: A complex role-play used to teach communication, teamwork and decision-making skills part of Examples
The Volcanic Hazards Simulation is a complex role-play used to teach upper-level undergraduate students about volcanic forecasting and emergency management through the management of an authentic volcanic scenario.

Local Garbage in a Global Controversy part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches:Activities
This is a role-playing activity about the dioxin debate between Dr. Barry Commoner and Dr. Robert Brown about the resource recovery plant in Ames, Iowa, and the Nunavut Inuit. It addresses issues of environmental justice, risk assessment, and ideology in relation to the management of solid waste.

An Experiential Pedagogy for Sustainability Ethics: The Externalities Game part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Games:Examples
The Externalities Game is a non-cooperative game that teaches students about the concept of environmental externalities and allows them to directly experience the moral dimensions of collective action problems. It has been particularly effective for teaching students about the moral aspects of the climate change. Grades are used to create the tension between earning individual grade points at the expense of group benefit. This is part of a research project funded by the National Science Foundation.

River of the Dammed part of Hydrogeology:Hydrogeology, Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
This activity is designed to engage students in an active debate about land use and planning, human populations, ecosystems, and sustainability by assigning every student to a "community" along a ...

Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Role-Play Exercise part of Examples
When the science is so clear, why is it so difficult to make agreements that will reduce our impact on climate change? This exercise is designed to help students explore that important question in an active and ...

What are the causes and effects of ENSO? part of Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This NASA Mission Geography module focuses on the evidence for global climate change. In the specific activity on ENSO, students role play policy makers deciding how to allocate Peru's resources to manage for ...

Mitigating Volcanic Hazards part of Environmental Geology:Activities
This activity spans two in-class sessions of 1-1.5 hours each, and includes both a small group activity focused on a set of volcanic case studies and a full-class role-playing activity where the class must decide, ...

Using a Town Meeting Scenario to Explore the Impacts of Hurricane Sandy part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching about Risk and Resilience:Activities
In this role-playing activity, students are assigned into groups which will explore specific roles related to Hurricane Sandy. A mock town meeting scenario where the community is requesting input for how to address the challenges of rebuilding their homes, businesses, and infrastructure allows for the class to learn more about the multiple perspectives, issues, and interests resulting from this devastating disaster.

When and How Did Continental Crust Form? part of Petrology:Teaching Examples
Many models have been proposed regarding the timing and mechanisms that first formed the continental crust. The purpose of this exercise is to help students explore the question of crustal genesis and evolution ...

The Sleeping Mountain part of Examples
In this role-playing scenario, students represent townspeople whose lives and livelihoods are endangered by an active volcano which may or may not erupt in the near future.

Mock Public Comments on the Draft EIS for West Virginia's King Coal Highway part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches:Activities
Students will review a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and respond in the form of public comments at a mock public hearing.

Recycle -- or not? A case from New York City part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with the Case Method:Examples
A case for the analysis of externalities (social costs and benefits) in the context of recycling. Drawn from a program in New York City.

Mock Environmental Summit part of Examples
At the end of a six-week class or unit on global warming, students role-play representatives from various countries and organizations at an international summit on global warming.

Coastal Margins Lab part of Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This project is meant for students to interpret complex data sets that have seasonal and yearly trends in coastal estuarine systems. Through being assigned a task as a EPA consultant and analyzing available data, ...

An Activity to Introduce the Geoscience Perspective part of Examples
This role-playing exercise introduces students to geology by having them examine rocks from the perspective of a child, a sculptor, a geologist or someone from another walk of life.

Being P-Waves and S-Waves part of Examples
Teach students about P-waves and S-waves by having them model them with their own bodies.

Distribution of Active Volcanoes Exercise part of Examples
In this series of inquiry-based exercises about volcanoes and plate tectonics, students will collect, plot, and interpret data and finish with a role-playing activity and a virtual field trip.

Runaway Greenhouse Effect Exercise part of Examples
This site has a collection of role-playing exercises that provide the students with equations and data to use in collaborative problem-solving.