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Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice presented a proclamation recognizing the Montgomery College students who won the National Climate Change Gaming Competition this past spring.

Students in Professor Deborah Solomon’s board game design class won first place among all college students nationally in the Arctic Climate Game Jam contest. The students, Peter Berg, Dustin Snowadsky, and Ben Hemphill, were honored for their winning game, “Sea Level Slow Up!”

“We continue to talk about how great Montgomery County students are, and it doesn’t stop once they go on to college,” Councilmember Rice said at the presentation. “It’s an amazing feat that these students continue to press themselves to not only be good students, but to be good stewards in our community.” Watch the presentation of the proclamation.

In this non-digital game, players work cooperatively as Arctic Circle neighbors (USA, Canada, and Russia) to reach carbon neutrality so that they do not become flooded due to sea level rise. The game takes place in a literal body of water (an actual tub of water with floating wooden boards representing each country) and is a fun way to teach middle school students about climate issues in the Arctic.

The students completed their game as part of an environmental game design assignment in TECH 295, a new board game/analog game design class, developed with support from Perkins grant funding.

This page shows the contest winners since the contest began in 2014. MC placed last year as well with a virtual reality game about firefighting in drought situations. The 2016 winners, along with other MC gaming students, presented their climate games last year at a special event at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History.

The Climate Game Jam originated as part of climate education initiatives in 2014 by NOAA and the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.

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