New PROTECT educational resource: Expedition Sea Level

Expedition Sea Level is a digital interactive activity designed as a game for middle school students (11 to 15 years old) to learn about the links between sea-level rise, glacier and ice sheet melting, and human activities. This game is the result of Clémence Foucher’s diploma project conducted within the framework of PROTECT.

It includes various concepts to understand :

  • Why sea level changes
  • How ice sheets and glaciers evolve and are studied
  • The idea that the future is not yet written
  • The concepts of mitigation and adaptation to climate change


This activity can be explored in groups or individually, in class or during class visits where students meet the actors and actresses of science. Another goal is to create discussions and debates among students on various topics related to climate change, but also to help them understand the scientific processes behind the different ongoing or upcoming changes, in order to combat increasing eco-anxiety.

A game in 3 chapters

To achieve this, a fictional narrative is broken down into three chapters with increasing immersion for the audience. The first one is a short animation featuring a young Maldivian girl in 2081, visiting her grandparents whose house is partially underwater. The second one is designed as a first-person shooter game where the audience plays a glaciologist at Dumont d’Urville and on the Astrolabe glacier, answering pedagogical quizzes and learning through mini-games. And the last one is shaped as a multiple-choice tree game, leading to three IPCC scenarios (low, intermediate, and high). The choices made by the player lead to one of the three scenarios in which the audience must find the best adaptation plan to protect the grandparents from the first chapter.

A guide for teachers

The game is accompanied by a guide for teachers to facilitate a teaching sequence of about 3 hours, with the possibility of conducting the activities over several sessions or only doing certain parts depending on the teaching objectives.

Link to the game:

This fully illustrated project meets the communication needs of PROTECT but also the understanding and entertainment expectations of middle school students, based on an anonymous survey conducted among 71 middle school students in mainland France from December 2021 to February 2022.

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