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Educational Alternate Reality Game – Japanese Americans in the Military

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(This is the next post in my description of the Finding Identity alternate reality game.)

The game continues with another email to all the players from John Takahashi, Jr. :

Hello once again.  After Executive Order 9066 forced you and your family to leave Reedley, you ended up at the Poston Relocation Center, a government camp set up by the War Relocation Authority.

Several months later in February 1943, the U.S. government announced that it was forming an all-Japanese American Army unit and was seeking volunteers.

Here is what happens next:  Read through the scenario and see what you’re supposed to do.

Good luck in getting through to the next scenario.

Warm regards, John Takahashi, Jr.

This scenario leads to the next collaborative puzzle (  In this puzzle, each player is emailed a piece of a photograph and they are given clues to the site that contains the original photograph.  The player’s mission is to identify the photograph and copy it over to the group blog.

Here is an example of a puzzle piece:

Puzzle piece

Here is the original photograph:

Original photograph

This puzzle has been designed with two purposes in mind:

  1. Engages the group in a challenging, collaborative exercise
  2. Exposes the players to a variety of websites that feature large collection of historical images in order to use these images in the next assignment.

After all the images are found and posted on to the group blog, members are then emailed a link to their next assignment, which will be discussed in the next blog post.


Written by randyfuj

July 5, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Posted in Education

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