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Extreme Event: Free STEM Games

“It started out as a beautiful day, but in a disaster, anything can happen at any time…”

So begins Extreme Event, a free, hour-long role-playing game from the National Academy of Sciences’ Marian Koshland Science Museum that teaches students and community groups the importance of building coalitions and investing in resources to make their city more resilient.

The in-person game, which works best when played with groups of 12 to 48 people, is the latest addition to a growing library of STEM teacher resources that include webquests on such topics as genetic disease. The site also features a climate change mitigation simulatorhands-on challenges, and classroom activities.

Dedicated to helping people use of science to solve problems in their communities, the museum’s exhibits and educational programs focus on how science supports decision making in fields from climate to health. Can’t make it to Washington, D.C., to see the exhibits? No problem – take your class on a virtual field trip to learn about infectious diseases and putting DNA to work.

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