Many teachers are familiar with the game-based learning for grades 7+ we implemented in ‘Mining: Then & Now – The Bigger Picture’, which asked students
to take on challenges face by mining companies. This year, we have expanded upon that game with a new version for grades 5+. The new version is called
Stakeholders: The Mining Game board game, where the version for older audiences is called Stakeholders: The Mining Game card game.
So what is different between the two? The card game asks students to derive their own solutions to the challenges, where the board game presents students with two options for each challenge. The board game also assigns fixed costs and rewards to each choice to aid students in evaluating their options.
The card game version of Stakeholders is available online (under 'Mining: The Bigger Picture'). This is the first component of our on-site programming to be made available online to support learning at home and in the classroom.
With game-based learning available to a broader audience and other small changes to the host program, we have renamed the program accordingly. ‘Mining: Then & Now’ is now ‘Mining: The Bigger Picture’. ‘Mining: Then & Now – The Bigger Picture’ is now ‘Mining: The Bigger Picture XL’.
The XL version of the program includes the facilitated game play of Stakeholders. We strongly believe Stakeholders significantly enhances the Museum experience and encourage you to either have us facilitate the game or to use it as a part of your post-trip exercises.
Update (November 30, 2015):
The board game version of Stakeholders, designed for grade 5 and up, is now also available in our For The Classroom section of the website. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this addition however is a version of the board game which does not require facilitation.
In other words, the game can be played by students on their own at home – something some of the first students to play the game at the Museum asked
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