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Climate-Conscious NC: A Serious Game About Extreme Heat

January 26, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Heat is nothing new to the Southeast, but a warming climate is giving rise to new challenges. North Carolina can expect to see more frequent and more intense heat events, including longer spans of extremely hot days that threaten human life. We can also expect to see warmer nights and higher minimum temperatures. These changes are creating a growing and inequitable public health hazard for North Carolinians.

Serious games are powerful learning tools that utilize intrinsically motivating gaming mechanics to build knowledge and emotional and intellectual connections to content. In this event, a team from NC State University Libraries will play a virtual deliberative serious game considering the economic and societal implications of climate-exacerbated extreme heat events on a fictional city. Max Cawley, an educator, researcher, evaluator, game designer and science communicator with the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, will talk about serious games and facilitate the gameplay.

This event will be streamed live from our Twitch page, and if you have a free Twitch account, you can ask questions and make comments in the live chat. Recordings of past streams are available on our YouTube page after the event.