The Commons is an interactive learning app designed to teach kids about the impact we have on our shared environments. One of our favorite parts of the project was the game we created that lets two students compete to see who can make the most money grazing cattle on a shared pasture. Put too many cows on the pasture too fast, and you'll destroy the resource. Be patient and let your small herd thrive, and you'll come out ahead.
Students play games, watch videos and try out simulations to learn about the commons, then they're shown a summary of what's happened and asked to make observations.
The learning experience is broken into four lessons and progress is tracked and displayed in an easy-to-understand navigation drawer.
We're usually pretty comfortable with math. But just to be safe, we brought in a math professor from the University of Minnesota to check our work on some of the trickier formulas.