Offering an Exercise for Students & Climate Leaders
You can easily set up your students or colleagues to learn about climate solutions by experimenting with the En-ROADS simulation model. We’ve designed the En-ROADS Guided Assignment: Simulating Climate Futures (Word and PDF) to provide educators and anyone else with an exercise that can easily be shared with others. A shorter version of the assignment is also available (Word and PDF). This assignment can be given to individual students or groups.
You can point your students or participants to this starting page, which includes all the resources they need to complete the Guided Assignment themselves.
We believe the exercise is appropriate for students as young as 15-16 year old and as experienced as graduate students. And it is also appropriate for any citizen leaders, business people, or government official who has learned the basics of climate change science and solutions — no advanced preparation is required. Participants will require a basic internet browser, access to the internet, and ability to open a pdf file.
You may adapt the assignment to suit your needs. Here are some steps to accompany your use of the assignment:
Run a model demo, interactive game or workshop before giving out the assignment: Consider leading the Climate Action Simulation game or En-ROADS Climate Workshop for your students before giving this assignment (this could be done online). The game and workshop are fun, interactive group experiences that complement this assignment by enabling students to become familiar with En-ROADS. Read the Facilitator’s Guide for the game or workshop (find the guides on their respective pages in the links above) to learn how to lead either event. The assignment can be used on its own without the Climate Action Simulation or workshop being used in parallel. If this is not possible, you show them the 20 minute Introductory Video.
Provide guidance to help your students or audience get started with the assignment. For example:
Describe the Business as Usual scenario in the En-ROADS simulator. You can follow the “En-ROADS Overview” instructional points found in the En-ROADS Workshop Facilitator’s Guide.
Walk the participants through a sample action in the simulator. For example, propose an action, mentally guess its result, input into En-ROADS to see the result and identify the insights. You can follow the “Test Actions in En-ROADS” instructional points found in the En-ROADS Workshop Facilitator’s Guide.
If participants have access to computers, give them the link to the En-ROADS simulator and ask them to start experimenting.
Describe the goals of the assignment.
Complete value-added activities after the Assignment:
After doing the assignment, consider having your participants present their scenarios to the rest of the group. You can keep this simple by inviting a few people to provide optional short presentations while other students can make comments or ask questions. Or, you may choose to organize a formal required presentation or competition in which teams present their proposal. Here is a video of a student competition at Stanford University.
Share your favorite scenarios (use the copy scenario link feature in En-ROADS main toolbar), photos, videos, anecdotes and other content with our team. We love to hear your feedback on the guided assignment, En-ROADS model, or teaching experience. Your content and feedback help our team improve our products and share examples with others.
Be sure to register your event!
After you and your group have completed running your online event, be sure to register it using the link below. Registering your event allows us to gather feedback on our tools and track who is running the game around the world, which is valuable for us in continuing to provide these resources for free.