Educational Activities

EA01 - Game of Traits: A card game about trait-based ecology

Date/Time: Wednesday, 5 June, 2024, 12:30 to 14:00
Location: Meeting Room KL

Lead Organizer: Dedmer Van de Waal, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) ([email protected])

Dive into a drop of water and experience the world of plankton! Equip yourself with traits. Fight microscopic monsters. Survive environmental challenges. Cooperate with others…but remember, there can only be one winner!

This describes a serious game that we developed to teach about the concept of trait-based ecology while sharing the fascinating world of plankton. It is a deck-building game where players represent different algal groups. By expanding their deck with traits, players have a better chance to survive abiotic or biotic stressors. It is a competitive game where players can help but also sabotage each other.

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