National Presbyterian School Students Place in International Game Competition

National Presbyterian School is pleased to announce that teams of 5th graders from NPS won 2nd and 3rd place in the K-8 Analog Game division of the Arctic Climate Game Jam. This contest, sponsored by the PoLAR Partnership, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Arctic Institute of North America, and Zulama, had 15 sites hosting game jams in the US, Canada, and Micronesia.

NPS NewsFor one week during their study of Environments, 5th grade students worked in small groups under the direction of Science Coordinator Dale Glass, to research, design, and prototype a game.  This prescribed tight schedule encouraged the students to work hard and fast, putting their understanding of the arctic climate, environmental factors, and ecosystems to use. The students then created movie trailers to highlight their games and submitted them to the international contest. This challenge built on the 5th grade students’ previous game design experience during an integrated unit involving their fall reading book, Maroo of the Winter Caves by Ann Turnbull, and their study of the Ice Age and other early civilizations.

Games are increasingly used in educational settings to help inspire curiosity, creativity, collaboration, optimism, and problem-solving skills among a wide variety of audiences.  Serious games address real-world challenges, compress time and space, encourage systems thinking, and promote active engagement, making them particularly well suited to climate change education. (Source:

The Arctic Climate Game Jam was inspired by the 2016 Arctic Science Ministerial meeting. The gathering brought together Science Ministers from 24 countries to discuss Arctic research themes and develop international science collaborations. A key theme of the meeting focused on using Arctic science as a vehicle for STEM education and citizen empowerment.

The goals of the Arctic Climate Game Jam are: To promote the power of learning through games To foster the use of Arctic science as a vehicle for STEM education and citizen empowerment To help break the climate spiral of silence  To help the public understand that what happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic


The winning entries from NPS are: