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Starting Point offers a variety of scenarios to teach specific concepts of geoscience to undergraduate or advanced high school students. The game is designed around a standard course schedule, with play sessions being somewhat less than one hour in length. Most scenarios assume that play will consist of one or a few sessions.

While the goal of the game is science education, the method employed is roleplaying in a game format. The instructor acts as a "game master" by presenting the scenario and processes, and then allows the students to assume various (generally pre-defined) roles. Most of the scenarios involve a tracking sheet or "action table" to keep the time-constrained play experience topically focused.

The game framework is produced by SERC (Science Education Resource Center) at Carleton College, Northfield Minnesota.

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RPG Item: An Activity to Introduce the Geoscience Perspective
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RPG Item: Changing With the Tide
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RPG Item: Collaborative Decision Making: NASA's Deep Impact Mission
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RPG Item: Coral Bleaching: Making Our Oceans Whiter
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RPG Item: Do You Really Want to Visit the Arctic?
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RPG Item: Eruption!
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RPG Item: The Forecast Factory
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RPG Item: The Grand Canyon
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RPG Item: The Great Energy Debate
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RPG Item: Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Role-Play Exercise
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