Get in the Game!

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Introduction  

Board games are a fun way of passing the time with friends and family, but did you ever wish you could create your own? In this activity, you will use computational thinking to design your own board game! 

Design Challenge

You are a board game designer and your task is to brainstorm and develop an idea for a new board game.

Materials
  • Paper

  • Something to write with

  • Optional: Other board games to get familiar with common pieces or board setups

Subject

Computational Thinking

Time

30+ minutes

Key Concepts

Computational thinking, decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction, algorithms

This project is supported by the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) and the If/Then Initiative, part of whose mission is to inspire girls to pursue interests in STEM careers by better representing women in STEM through media and learning experiences. 

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JUMP IN!

Watch the videos in the PDF guide and think about how you'd develop your own board game.

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REWARDING & FLEXIBLE

Design your own board game and complete each step of the computational thinking process.

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DESIGN CHALLENGES AHEAD!

Build your board game out of cardboard and other household items.

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