Gold Rush

Gold Rush- the game

Peter O'Brien and earth science teacher, Cindy Sargent, developed a game called "Gold Rush", loosely-based on "Monopoly". This board game is easily played in the classroom and exposes students to history, civics, mining practices (including environmental impact) and record-keeping. The object of the game is to get the highest bank balance by landing on and testing various sites for mineral content and then deciding whether or not to keep that site. Students move around the board, as "prospectors", landing on spaces that correspond to a real map. When they land on the space, they can decide to pay a fee to test it for its "gold" content. The test consists of putting a few drops of water into sand with Kool Aid mix in it. The land is worth different amounts, depending on the color that appears in the sand. Students may also land on Disaster or Environmental Impact spaces. The student would pick a corresponding card and have to pay the penalty indicated.

This game was a great success in Ms. Sargent's earth science classes and could be adapted for interdisciplinary assignments. For more information on this game contact Peter O'Brien This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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