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Diamond: The Game puts students 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 students 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 students directly in the action and to make their own choices about what type of scientist they want to be.
Diamond: The Game is a game for 2-5 players, lasting between 20-30 minutes, for ages 10 and up. We are aiming to send schools chosen multiple copies of the game and accompanying resources.
The game takes only a short time to play, and even less time to learn.
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 recieve a set please click below.
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