On October 2-4 there was a National Climate Game Jam at 11 sites in the U.S. A game jam is an event used to rapidly prototype new games. The National Climate Game Jam used open climate data as the basis of the games, with the objective of helping people understand climate change.  Participants made 2-minute videos about their game ideas.

Now the finalists have been named. Here’s the list:

K-8 Division

High School Division

College Division

Adult Division

Some of the games are role-playing video games; some are board games. Topics tackled range from the territorial interactions of owls, to protection of coral reefs, to finding ways to decrease methane emissions of cows.

The National Climate Game Jam was part of an initiative launched by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2014.

There will be two showcase events for the game jam winners at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC: on January 18th a family event from 1:00–4:00 p.m. and on January 21st an evening program from 6:30–8:30 p.m.

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Linda learned to play video games as a way to connect with her teenaged kids, and then she learned to love video games for their own sake. At Pixelkin she wrangles the business & management side of things, writes posts as often as she can, reaches out on the social media, and does the occasional panel or talk. She lives in Seattle, where she writes, studies, plays video games, spends time with her family, consumes vast quantities of science fiction, and looks after her small cockapoo. She loves to hear from people out there. You can read more about her at her website, Linda Breneman.com or her family foundation's website, ludusproject.org.