The UVA Bay Game

Type of Game: 
Screen-based game (e.g., app, online game, software-based game)
Target Audience: 
University and graduate students

The UVA Bay Game is a large-scale participatory simulation based on the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Game allows players to take the roles of stakeholders, such as farmers, developer, watermen, and local policy-makers; make decisions about their livelihoods or regulatory authority; and see the impacts of their decisions on their own personal finances, the regional economy, and watershed health. It is an adaptable educational and learning tool for raising awareness about watershed stewardship anywhere in the world; a tool for exploring and testing policy choices; and a tool for evaluating new products and services.

Developed by a multi-disciplinary faculty and student team, the UVA Bay Game is a participatory simulation "played" on laptops or tablets that uses current demographic, economic, and scientific data to create a powerful tool with real-world applications and impact.

Learn more about the game and how it has been used here.

Contact: Gerard Learmonth, jl5c [at]