Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Collegeology: A New Game for College-Bound Students


Here is a very clever, new resource for high schoolers who are preparing for the college application process. It was, of course, created by college students. Collegeology Games is a website that recently launched and whose mission is to create a series of educational games that help students prepare for college.

Their first game is Application Crunch, a card game for up to four players. According to the site,

"Each player takes on the role of a high school student and college applicant. Players juggle their time between academics, extracurricular activities, work, and service while competing for college applications and scholarships.
  
To win, players must get into college, save enough money to pay for tuition and other expenses, and build up the kind of character who can succeed in their chosen school."

I think this is such an ingenious idea! I think this is a great way to motivate kids into thinking seriously about higher education. And not only does it help to encourage them to pursue a college degree, but it also gives them suggestions and tools to navigate and succeed once they're there. If you look through their FAQ's, you'll see that a lot of research and testing went into this product.
 
I don't much care for the price of the game, though. I think $30 is a little too much for high school students to shell out. BUT I do like the fact that the website offers people the opportunity to buy the game and send it as a gift. AND you can also apply to see if your organization qualifies for a free copy.
 
I also read that they are planning to come out with a Facebook version of the game in 2012. I'm interested to see how that "plays out!"
 
Con mucho cariño...

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