See this Pinterest board for inspiration (a curated collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century historical games and toys, some recently photographed by Dr. Lake in special collections).

Working in small, assigned groups, you need to design and produce a board game or an interactive toy based on a text, an author, an idea, or a historical event (or some combination thereof) covered in the class. This is an open-ended assignment that invites you to go all out in pursuit of a creative, intellectual project.

The purpose of this assignment is to get you to think creatively and critically about assigned texts, lectures, and discussions. It also encourages you to conduct independent research on the content around which you base your game or toy. You should make thorough use of the talents of your group members (whose good at drawing, or designing, or writing?) as well as of resources at Wright State (did you know we have a 3-D printer you can use in the library?). You should aim to make your board game into an impressive product, one that’s clearly inspired by the board games and toys curated on the Pinterest page, and one that demonstrates a strong grasp of assigned texts and course concepts; your board game or interactive toy should be something that we can all enjoy and admire, and one that we can photograph or display for the public.

But above all else, you should have fun completing this project.

During Finals Week, you’ll present your project to the class, and we’ll rank the projects (anonymously and individually).

Grading Criteria:

All projects that are completed and appear both well conceived and also professionally executed will receive a grade of 100%.

Projects that become mired in problematic group dynamics or which fail to achieve the look and feel of a project well conceived and professionally executed will receive a grade of 85%.

Incomplete projects, projects mired in negative group dynamics, or projects that fall far short of professional standards will receive a grade of 65%.

In addition, all members of your group will receive a range of course bonus points based on the rankings we make (anonymously and individually) in Finals week.

Group members who produce the #1 project will receive a 4% bump to their final grade.
Group members who produce the #2 project will receive a 3% bump to their final grade.
Group members who produce the #3 project will receive a 2.5% bump to their final grade.
Group members who produce the #4 project will receive a 2% bump to their final grade.
Group members who produce the #5 project will receive a 1.5% bump to their final grade.
Group members who produce the #6 and #7 project will receive a 1% bump to their final grade.

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