With Senaryon, we bring interactive political simulations to schools in Bavaria. On behalf of the Bavarian State Agency for Political Education (BLZ), we have developed four simple political games on current political and social issues and processes that can be used free of charge by all teachers in Bavaria. After only a few months, the first 100 simulations with approximately 2,500 participants had already been carried out. The BLZ team provides support for the implementers and distributes the game keys.
The four games address current political and social issues: climate protection, dealing with disinformation and hate speech in the EU, financial and fiscal policy, and demographic change. The games are set at the local or state level and are designed to be carried out with different target groups from grade 8 and serve as an introduction to the topics of democracy and political participation. Each game lasts 2.5 hours and can be easily integrated into the curriculum.
Interested teachers contact the BLZ, which then issues a game key that the teacher can use to create the game for the course or class. On the day of the game, the students simply enter a code on their own mobile device or a school tablet and are automatically assigned a role in the game. The teacher can monitor the activities of the players through the moderation area and is supported in the platform with game instructions. Comprehensive teaching materials are available for framing and evaluation. The instruction is possible without technical knowledge via the accompanying manual. The games and accompanying materials are extensively presented and tested in regularly scheduled training sessions.
On behalf of the BLZ, we created the content of the games and a detailed manual for implementation. The BLZ manages the game series independently. They have purchased an annual license to carry out the four learning games and offer training for implementation. The Senaryon team is available in the background for technical questions.
Bavarian State Agency for Political Education (BLZ)
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