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Ice Flows Game

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Ice Flows Game
GA Conference 2018

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Ice Flows Game

  1. 1. Workshop 10
  2. 2. Anne Le Brocq, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter Alan Parkinson, Head of Geography, King’s Ely Junior Using games-based learning to introduce complex physical systems
  3. 3. Available to play in a browser or as an app.
  4. 4. Structure of the workshop • Introductions (we’ve done those) • The Background • The game • Have a play • Introduction to the resource pack • Feedback and questions
  5. 5. Importance of ice sheets • Sea level change • Ocean/Climate influence NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) The Daily Conversation (youtube)
  6. 6. Relevance… https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/02/underwater-melting-of-antarctic- ice-far-greater-than-thought-study-finds?CMP=share_btn_tw
  7. 7. Some context: Larsen ‘A’ and ‘B’ and ‘C’ https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/larsen-ice-shelf-collapse-decline-maps/
  8. 8. Brunt Ice Shelf – Halley VI base relocation (and not manned during last winter season) Halloween Crack http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2017/10/Halloween_crack
  9. 9. Larsen ‘C’ At the time of the calving of Larsen C, in July 2017 BBC News released an interview with Professor Helen Fricker from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Listen to it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/science- environment-40444569/ice-shelves-need-to-calve- icebergs It provides a good introduction to the significance of the cryosphere to other parts of the world, and the reasons why ice breaks off.
  10. 10. The Game
  11. 11. Growth and decay – two main processes (feedback and pace of these changes)
  12. 12. Pick up a penguin, and have a play…
  13. 13. Teacher Guide Iceberg of Understanding Enquiry questions Keeping the Geography in the geography lesson
  14. 14. Why a game? • Controlling the variables – seeing the impact of your actions • ‘Engagement’ for younger students • Modelling
  15. 15. The cryosphere is a term used to describe those components of the Earth system that contain a substantial fraction of water in its frozen state, and the areas where they are found.
  16. 16. The characters…
  17. 17. The resources • Ice Flows Game: http://www.iceflowsgame.com
  18. 18. The cryosphere is a term used to describe those components of the Earth system that contain a substantial fraction of water in its frozen state, and the areas where they are found.
  19. 19. Further resources • Spotify playlist of Icy songs • Resources • Animation of ice shelf movement: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/18 /climate/antarctica-ice-melt-climate-change.html • How big is Larsen ‘C’ ice shelf? German interactive map tool
  20. 20. Using Earth NullSchool to explore the temperatures
  21. 21. Further resources • Discovering Antarctica http://www.discoveringantarctica.org
  22. 22. Size calculator (comparison) https://interaktiv.morgenpost.de/eisberg-groessenvergleich/
  23. 23. Questions
  24. 24. I got involved with this project as a consultant to the GA Applications to Julie Beattie of the GA if you’d like to join the list of consultants

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