Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Ball State University Libraries Provide Summer Learning Activities

Ball State University Cardinal Life Map Game Available as Teaching Resource

Ball State University Libraries GIS Research and Map Collection created this board game featuring an aerial map of the Ball State University campus for a summer camp activity. The game is similar to the classic board game “Life” and features chances for players to earn college credits. Players move their game piece and select “Life” cards of the same color of the squares. The cards reveal different happenings that may or may not earn the player college credit. The game features many of the actual accomplishments of Ball State students. At the end of the game, players find out if they have enough credits to graduate or if they are stuck in their freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year.

Elementary school teachers and student-teachers may wish to recreate a copy of the game for their classrooms. The board, game cards, and scorecards are all available on the University Libraries Cardinal Scholar repository. Colored paper in the colors of the squares on the board will be required to for printing the “Life” cards—yellow, blue, orange, red, purple, and green. (Each sheet should be printed in a different color). Teachers will also need to provide game pieces and die for the game.

The board game can be accessed in Cardinal Scholar at The game cards are available at The scorecard can be printed from

Copies of the game may be acquired directly from the GRMC. Contact the staff Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 5:00 at 765/285-1097 for more information.

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