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Paw and Order: Furry Victims Unit

Solving crimes, making games, and exploring forensic science to help our furry friends

Paw & Order: Furry Victims Unit created a summer program for ChicagoQuest students, who took on the roles of humane investigators, forensic scientists, and game designers as they co-designed the scenario and narrative for a game about forensic investigation of animal crimes. Teens from the In the Forensics Lab program at After School Matters served as peer mentors, sharing their knowledge of forensics and collaborating with the ChicagoQuest students to solve a mock crime scene about dogfighting. In collaboration with Important Little Games, the summer program produced the Paw & Order digital game, which The Anti-Cruelty Society will host online and integrate into their education programs.

Lead Organization:
CICS ChicagoQuest

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Project Goal:
To test a student-centered game design process with a resulting web-based game that will be incorporated into The Anti-Cruelty Society's education programming and will serve as a digital "hook" for youth into STEM pathways; To explore peer-to-peer learning and collaboration around forensics content between youth in programs at After School Matters and The Anti-Cruelty Society; To integrate the resulting game with emerging CCOL pathways in STEM and beyond.

Project Tags:
2014 Round 1 RFP

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