Game played at the University of Toronto and University of Washington

The Mercury Game is now being played in science and social science classrooms around the world. We wanted to share with you some of the feedback we’ve received on the game, in case you are thinking about using the game in your courses but want some feedback from existing users.

Science classroom:

“Just wanted to let you know that five groups of students (49 in total) played the Mercury Game  this week. It was extremely successful! The students really totally bought into it and really enjoyed participating. I think they learned a lot about mercury science and about the intersection of science and policy. Based on how well it was received, I definitely will be incorporating it into my 2nd year course on Chemistry next year.

One of the things that the students really liked was the chance to do some ‘back-room’ dealing before the final voting. I just gave them ~5 minutes to break up into whatever groups they wanted to or start discussions with whomever. I think there ended up being more consensus in the voting as a result.”

Social science classroom:

“It was hugely successful.  The students LOVED it.  I had low expectations because of the level (it is a science for non-science majors class for mainly freshman/sophomores), and they had to come in on a Sunday afternoon to do it.  But I was impressed.  They seemed to learn a lot.  I will be doing this every time I teach this class (usually once per year).  It made my subsequent lectures on the Montreal Protocol and Kyoto Protocol much more meaningful.  Thank you for providing this wonderful teaching resource!”

Game updates:

The game was recently updated to include more ideas on scientific communication. We encourage you to download the latest version, v. 2.1,  for all the updates.

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