EcoChains: Arctic Life accurately models the effects of climate change on realistic wildlife food-webs. The game also shows the influence of human actions, such as the development of alternative energy or increasing carbon pollution.
Climate researchers helped design the game to ensure faithfulness to the underlying science. The game is fully aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. For students in upper elementary through high school, the game is a great way to teach about Earth’s ecosystems, human activity, and weather and climate.
Examples of Relevant Next Generation Science Standards
Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problemcaused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live theremay change.
Develop a model using an example to describeways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
Ask questions to clarify evidenceof the factorsthat have caused the rise in global temperaturesover the past century.
Design, evaluate, and refine a solution forreducing theimpacts of human activitieson the environment and biodiversity.
Analyze geoscience data to make the claim thatone change to Earth’s surfacecan create feedbacksthat cause changes to other Earth systems.
Construct an explanation based on evidence for howthe availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climatehave influenced human activity.