Help Wanted: Calling All Gamers

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If you’re a scientist who enjoys building cities, shooting the moon, jumping over flaming barrels, or simply leveling up, this could be the opportunity for you.    

The Deep Carbon Observatory Engagement Team seeks a scientist and game-lover to take the lead creating and facilitating a deep carbon-related game development plan. The proposed plan would include a DCO Game Jam and the possibility to foster development of one or more game projects from the jam. 

Qualifications and requirements


  • Write a short grant proposal with the help of the DCO Engagement Team
  • Help define the parameters of the game jam with expert consultation from members of the ModLab at the University of California, Davis, USA
  • Organize and facilitate the game jam in partnership with the University of California, Davis, USA

A strong project proposal will qualify for funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

A wide range of deep carbon science themes lend themselves well to games—everything from deep life to volcanoes and volcanic eruptions, to the carbon budget of Earths reservoirs, or any of Earth’s five most important carbon reactions.

If you have always been curious about gaming and had a secret wish to create one of your own, don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity! 

Send letters of interest or questions to (Josh Wood). The deadline for expressions of interest is 15 November 2017, so put on your creative hat and jump aboard this exciting gaming opportunity. 

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Screenshot from "At Play in the Cosmos," an award-winning video game that engages students in astronomy.
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