Simulation Games

Class # 54   Grades: 5- 6- 7- 8- 9- 10- 11

Class Overview

Take gaming to the next level, beyond Stratego, Risk and Settlers of Catan! If you derive enjoyment from historical “what ifs”, analyzing maps, resolving political intrigue, developing a civilization or replaying battles that changed history, this is the experience for you. Join us as we learn how to play, analyze and form winning strategies for several games. Simulations let you call all the shots as the general, CEO, president, tycoon, or emperor. You will be put into historical situations as you match wits with your classroom rivals, deciding whether to cooperate or compete to reach your simulated objectives. Gaming scenarios will be selected that offer a variety of strategic challenges for two, three or more players. Not only will you get to play many intense and intriguing games but you will also analyze their game mechanics and visual appeal/aesthetic design in order to create your own game components. Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to expand a business or a civilization? As the leader and decision-maker, you will find out as you apply your knowledge of geography, economics, politics and history to be successful in this course!

Teachers

Bill Nara

Bill Nara brings to Summer Academy eight years of experience as a Social Studies teacher. Four of those years were spent as an Advanced Placement World History teacher at Columbia Heights High School. Prior to teaching, he worked ten years as a cartographer, making topographic maps and analyzing aerial photography. He has run many Strategy Board Game and Chess Clubs in District 621. “As a youth I always enjoyed games, aircraft, recreating famous battles, and studying maps. As an adult I studied aerospace engineering, and geography. First I became a cartographer and later a history teacher. Now I enjoy passing on my knowledge to others through hands-on simulations. I am looking forward to my seventh year at the Academy.”

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