Diamond the Game Print and Play is a board game you can print at home, for 2-5 players that lasts between 20-30 minutes. It puts you and your family and friends directly in the role as a researcher at the Diamond Light Source, visiting different beamlines to make progress in a diverse range of scientific projects in Physics, Chemistry, Cultural Heritage, and more. As you travel around the synchrotron you will have to make the most of your experiments, as well as working with your fellow players, in order to be remembered as the most famous scientist!
Dr Mark Basham and Dr Claire Murray from Diamond Light Source and Dr Matthew Dunstan from the University of Cambridge created the game to showcase both the research performed at this world-leading facility, but also to give you first-hand experience of the different aspects of actually working in scientific research. Whether it is the variety of science that exists, the timely value of a vital collaboration, the disappointment of a failed experiment, or gratitude for the help from a friendly staff scientist, the game puts you directly in the action so you can make your own choices about what type of scientist you want to be.
There are two versions of Diamond the Game Print and Play, which are both for 2-5 players and last between 20-30 minutes:
The game takes only a short time to play, and even less time to learn.
The game was originally developed as a hard-copy board game for use in schools, but due to the current situation caused by COVID-19, we have produced this Paper version for you to play at home. Thanks to a Spark award granted by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Diamond are giving class sets of the board game away to schools to be used for career and educational purposes. If you are interested in applying to receive a set please visit the website or please contact your school to let them know about it. We are aiming to send schools chosen multiple copies of the game and accompanying resources.
In order to download Diamond the Game Print and Play, we ask you to complete a very short survey for us to understand how far the game is travelling around the world. We will also be giving away 5 copies of the hard game, to be in with at chance to win please complete the follow up survey and let us know your feedback!
Diamond Light Source is the UK's national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.
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