Annenberg Classroom’s That’s Your Right! Honored as Best Gameplay Finalist at Games for Change Festival

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Annenberg Classroom, Filament Games honored for constitutional learning game.

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“We are honored that Annenberg Classroom’s That’s Your Right! game has been recognized for its effort to educate young people about the rights and protections that are guaranteed in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights,”

This week, Filament Games and Annenberg Classroom are celebrating the nomination of Annenberg Classroom’s That’s Your Right! by the Games for Change festival as a finalist in the category of Best Gameplay. Developed by Filament Games for the Annenberg Classroom project at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, Annenberg Classroom’s That’s Your Right! is a captivating, single or multiplayer digital card game that challenges players’ knowledge on the first ten amendments to the US Constitution.

Designed for play in the classroom, students apply Amendment Tokens to real-life scenario cards to win points and take them away from their opponents. Watching a series of videos about individual amendments reveals secret codes and upgrades to the in-game experience that allow students to customize the look of their game.

“We are honored that Annenberg Classroom’s That’s Your Right! game has been recognized for its effort to educate young people about the rights and protections that are guaranteed in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights,” said Ellen Iwamoto, the policy center’s writer/researcher who oversaw development of the game.

The Games for Change Award winners will be announced April 22 at the 12th annual Games for Change Festival, which celebrates “the positive power of digital games.” The festival is part of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The eight finalists were selected by experts in games and social change from among nearly 150 submissions.

The nonprofit organization Games for Change was founded in 2004 to facilitate “the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve as critical tools in humanitarian and educational efforts.”

Besides Annenberg Classroom’s That’s Your Right! game, the other finalists for Best Gameplay are “Never Alone,” described as “an atmospheric puzzle-platformer” created in collaboration with the Iñupiat, an Alaska Native people, and “This War of Mine,” in which players lead a group of civilians who are trying to survive in a city under siege.

For more about Annenberg Classroom’s game, check out http://www.annenbergclassroom.org/page/thats-your-right.

About Filament Games

Filament Games is a production studio that develops engaging teaching and learning games. The company’s games combine best practices in commercial game development with key concepts from the learning sciences, sparking inspiration through exploration and discovery. Filament Games works with teachers, parents and students to engineer authentic gameplay mechanics that assist educators with meeting Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core requirements, and specific learning objectives. For more information, visit http://www.FilamentGames.com.

About Annenberg Classroom

Annenberg Classroom is a project of the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, the policy center is a partner in the Civics Renewal Network, a consortium of more than 25 organizations dedicated to elevating the visibility of civics in education and providing a wealth of no-cost, high-quality resources for teachers. Among the network’s partners are the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Constitution Center, the Newseum, and the U.S. Court system.

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