Mixing the ideas of a card based game with digital media, this series of activity is built on David Ng’s creation The Phylo Trading Card Game that makes for an ideal learning activity to do under lockdown.

The game itself in itself was based on Ng’s observation that “Kids know more about Pokemon creatures than they do about real creatures.”

In the Phylo Game, kids create game cards based on the science of real organisms.

Phylo basically became this awesome exercise in DIY educational card game design, and is the product of the kind and (frankly) amazing contributions of many many individuals who have given art, science expertise, gaming advice, and more. This has led to the creation of over 30 (and growing) different game decks, all of them free for “print your own” downloading, many of which can also be purchased.

This article describes the steps to make your own cards, and also provides downloadable work sheets that guide the research needed to create a Phylo Card. It also provides details on how to create (or download) an entire deck of cards based on the biodiversity of real locations tofor a game that teaches the dynamics of ecosystems.


Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
More Information: https://www.scq.ubc.ca/introducing-the-phylo-trading-card-game-diy-home-school-activity/

Shared by: David Ng (The Science Creative Quarterly)