Extreme Event: Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District

In May 2018, LabX staff traveled to Cypress, TX to bring the Extreme Event game to science and social studies teachers of the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD). CFISD’s mission is to maximize every student’s potential through rigorous and relevant learning experiences preparing students to be 21st-century global leaders. It carries out this mission in a district that includes more than 50 elementary schools, 18 middle schools, and 13 high schools.

Deb Hill, Director of Secondary Science, contacted LabX staff in order to bring the Extreme Event game to CFISD in preparation for their August professional development. Deb, having experienced Extreme Event at the former Koshland Science Museum the summer before and then experiencing an actual extreme event during Hurricane Harvey, thought that the game would be a wonderful addition to the CFISD middle school science and social studies curriculums.

Players trade resources after a flood strikes River City during the Respond Phase of Extreme Event

LabX staff facilitated two games of Extreme Event (both Hurricane and Flood) for a group of more than 50 curriculum coaches who would then go on to train the rest of the classroom teachers during their professional development in August. In addition to playing the game using both the printed materials and the Digital Game Portal, LabX staff also offered step-by-step tips and tricks for facilitating the game.

Players gather resources to solve their neighborhood’s challenge during the Respond Phase of Extreme Event: River City
Players gather resources to solve their neighborhood’s challenge during the Respond Phase of Extreme Event: River City

After teachers are trained at the August professional development, the plan is to implement the game for all 7th grade students in CFISD during both their science and social studies classes. Meaning that by the end of the 2018-2019 school year, more than 8,000 middle school students will have played Extreme Event twice.

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