Welcome to TVO’s mPower! In this video, we are highlighting one of our creative online Grade 5 STEM Design Challenges, Green City.
In this game, players apply their knowledge and understanding of the immediate and long term impacts energy choices have on the environment, energy resources, and a population’s well-being.
Players apply knowledge of number sense when planning a green city. A player is successful when the success meters indicate that the player’s choices maintained energy resources, made minimal impact on the environment, and had a positive effect on the city’s residents.
Players play an interactive card game to win building permits. Players use strategy and mental math skills to have building permits approved. Players must ensure that the Eco Engineering, Eco Protect, and City PRO cards are greater than the value of City Con cards, in order to maintain the strength of their permit proposals.
Players fill in all nine spaces on their planning blueprint with buildings and infrastructure. To unlock more options, players click on New Proposal to return to the building permit card game.
When all nine spots on the player’s blueprint are filled and they are happy with their plan, players simply tap Submit Design.
Once the player’s city plan is approved. they are invited to give their plans a title and to reflect on what they learned, their challenges or what they would do differently next time. From My Gallery, players can then share their city plans with their peers in the Class Gallery.
At the end of the game, players are presented with the STEM Maker Challenge, Green Machine! Here they are challenged to evaluate a technology that uses energy and design and/or create a plan for a way to improve the impact this technology has on society. This offers an opportunity for players to apply problem solving, creativity, and innovation to a hands on challenge! They then can share a picture of their engineering in the Community Gallery and receive feedback from peers.
By the end of the game, students should be able to:
- apply knowledge of number sense when planning a green city;
- understand the various forms and sources of energy; and
- design and test a city that makes greater use of renewable and alternative sources of energy.
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Until next time, mPower!