Upper School

Student-created board game teaches kids about climate change

Seniors Reshma Kosaraju and Sasha Masson recently developed a board game to teach children about the dangers of – and possible solutions to – climate change. Titled Eco Quest and designed for ages 6-12, the game encourages children to find changes people can make in their everyday lives that, when made collectively, can have positive effects on a large scale.

The students have already introduced the game to the lower and middle school’s after-school programs as well as Kathryn Hughes Elementary School in Santa Clara. They’ve also spoken with education officials in Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Monterey counties about implementing the game in their programs. Next month, they will present at the RevUp Expanded Learning Conference.

Kosaraju and Masson are seeking funding via Kickstarter to mass produce the game for more schools. Supporters can pledge at various levels, either to simply support the campaign or to receive copies of the game if the campaign is successful (per Kickstarter’s policy, supporters are only charged if the campaign reaches its goal by the deadline of Sept. 6). Profits generated from sales of the game will be donated to conservation efforts, including the Rainforest Alliance and the Jane Goodall Institute.

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