Students can learn a lot about climate solutions by experimenting with the En-ROADS simulation model on their own. We’ve designed the En-ROADS Student Assignment: Simulating Climate Futures (Word and PDF) to provide educators with a take home exercise they can share with their students. A shorter version of the assignment is also available (Word and PDF). This assignment can be given to individual students or groups.
You may adapt the assignment to suit your needs. Here are our recommended steps for use:
Run an 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. 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.
Provide in-class guidance to help students get started with the assignment:
Introduce the En-ROADS simulation model’s basic operations or share short demo video.
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 students 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 students have access to computers in class, 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 students present their scenarios to the rest of the class. You can keep this simple by inviting a few students 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 students or 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 student exercise, En-ROADS model or teaching experience. Your content and feedback help our team improve our products and share examples with others.