Game Changers

Competition Details


by tim hirschey
Co-authors: Timthy Hirschey, Thomas Daniel, Nick Larson, Lenn Soderlund, Steve Wold

The core issue of our game revolves around the proper disposal of nuclear waste in an ecologically friendly way. There are two opposing teams of 5+, on a court divided by a centerline. There are 3 bins on each side, 2 bins in a front “exposure zone,” and one placed further back on the court. Teams accumulate points by throwing balls into the bins, until one team is completely out of balls. The balls represent nuclear waste that needs to be disposed of; there are many balls to emphasize the issue. Our game is designed so that many different strategies can be employed, thus making game play different with each new round.
The rear bin represents a permanent solution of recycling or destroying of nuclear waste; there is no limit to which balls can score, or amount of points accumulated from this bin. The front bins represent the long-term storage of nuclear waste, these bins are limited to accumulating 2 points and only a single teams balls. However these bins are not limited to holding only 2 balls. Its unsure how ecologically safe long-term storage of nuclear waste will be for future generations. Points are limited because our aim is to move away from the practice of long-term storage, and toward fining a means of recycling or destroying our waste. The non-transparent bins force the teams to communicate within each other to prevent wasted points in the front bins and to not let the opposing team end the game early. The unknown factor generated by the non-transparent bins represents the unknown factors in long-term waste storage.
An exposure zone is marked roughly 15 from the centerline. Only in the “exposure zone” can a player catch or deflect (with another ball) an opposing teams thrown balls, but if hit with a ball within this zone they must sit down. A player can only rejoin play if they can hit an opposing player within the “exposure zone”.
Our game is fun and fast paced while still educating the players about the ecological issue. Through playing our game it is intended that the participants further understand the difficulties involved with nuclear waste disposal, and the need for a better disposal practice. Strategy rules game-play and can quickly shift the outcome of each game.