Curriculum Connections

The game is designed for Grade 9 Social Studies and Science. There are definitely opportunities to play the Energy Transition Game in high school as well. 

Primary: Social Studies

Specific Outcomes

9.1.4 - examine the structure of Canada's federal political system by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues:

  • How do lobby groups impact government decision making?

9.2.1 - appreciate the values underlying economic decision making in Canada and the United States

9.2.3 - appreciate the impact of government decision making on quality of life

9.2.6 - assess, critically, the interrelationship between political decisions and economic systems by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues: 

  • How is a political party's philosophy reflected in its platform?
  • How do government decisions on environmental issues impact quality of life?

Skills and Processes

9.S.1 - develop skills of critical thinking and creative thinking:

  • evaluate, critically, ideas, information and positions from multiple perspectives
  • generate creative ideas and strategies in individual and group activities

9.S.8 - demonstrate skills of oral, written and visual literacy:

  • communicate in a persuasive and engaging manner through speeches, multimedia presentations and written and oral reports, taking particular audiences and purposes into consideration 
  • use skills of informal debate to persuasively express differing viewpoints regarding an issue
  • listen to others to understand their perspectives

Secondary: Science

Unit D: Electrical Principles and Technologies

Outcomes for Science, Technology and Society (STS) and Knowledge

4. Describe and discuss the societal and environmental implications of the use of electrical energy

  • identify and evaluate sources of electrical energy, including oil, gas, coal, biomass, wind and solar
  • describe the by-products of electrical generation and their impacts on the environment 
  • identify concerns regarding conservation of energy resources, and evaluate means for improving the sustainability of energy use

Attitude Outcomes

Interest in Science

  • Students will be encouraged to: Show interest in science-related questions and issues, and confidently pursue personal interests and career possibilities within science-related fields 

Mutual Respect

  • Students will be encouraged to: Appreciate that scientific understanding evolves from the interaction of ideas involving people with different views and backgrounds


  • Students will be encouraged to: Demonstrate sensitivity and responsibility in pursuing a balance between the needs of humans and a sustainable environment


“Schools should prepare us for the future, not the past. The future of the world will be built on sustainability. If we learn what sustainable technologies are available when we are in school, we will be able to help shape the future of global sustainability when we graduate.” 

- Quinn, student at Jasper Place high school in Edmonton