Incorporating the Flood Resilience Challenge Game into the Engineering Curriculum

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People playing Flood Resilience Game Flood Resilience Gameboard

Grant Recipients

Daniel Henstra, Political Science

Evalyna Bogdan, Political Science

Nadine Ibrahim, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Heather Murdock (Research Associate)

Shaieree Cottar (Research Associate)

Sina Golchi (Research Associate)


Flooding is one of Canada’s costliest and most frequent disasters, however, traditional engineering approaches do not adequately address flooding problems. Engineering students lack sufficient training for understanding complex socio-environmental problems and have limited opportunities to gain skills in working collaboratively to address such problems.

An experiential learning opportunity is proposed as a 3-hour Flood Resilience Challenge (FRC) role-playing game for students in a third-year engineering course (cross-listed, available to students from multiple disciplines) at the University of Waterloo (UW). To foster deep learning for students, the FRC game seeks to promote a better understanding of the complexity of flooding issues (i.e., governance, risk management) as well as enhance their interpersonal and communication skills. The LITE research project will investigate the effectiveness of the FRC game as an online teaching and learning tool in the context of a large classroom (100+ students), including multiple disciplines, and the University of Waterloo learning environment.


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