While exploring educational video games I wanted to focus on science. This past school year I was moved from teaching 3rd grade to teaching 3-5 science. It has been challenging and I am always looking for ways to make class fun and supplement student learning. During my exploration I came across a game called ‘Stop Disasters!’ The game was designed and created by the UNDRR. The UNDRR stands for the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and brings many organizations, governments, universities, institutions and members of the civil society together for a common objective: implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global plan to reduce disaster losses by 2030. The site offers background information about different disasters and lists the 10 worst disaster of the 20th century.
In this game the students will play multiple realistic disaster scenarios including tsunami, wildfires, and earthquakes. They will learn of risks posed by natural hazards and manage their resources. Students will be able to select a disaster and choose a difficulty level (easy, medium, or hard). They will be given a budget to build schools, hospitals, housing, and defenses to protect the local population. Once this is completed students have the opportunity to run the simulation and find out if their defenses were successful.
I think ‘Stop Disasters!’ will be an excellent supplement for teaching about extreme weather and extreme weather safety. It pushes students to use critical thinking and make important life saving decisions. I look forward to further exploring this game and potentially implementing it in a future lesson
Below are some pictures from the game! It shows the area where a natural disaster will occur and you have to build protection and resources to save lives!