We hope everyone is staying safe and doing their part to social distance and protect those who are at risk from COVID-19 infection. Since we know that making games can be both fun and educational, we thought we would offer some instructions on how to make your own Phylo cards and games. A pdf of quick instructions and worksheets can be found here; and full lessons broken up by time can be found here.
A raccoon with the word "why" Phylo is a project that began as a reaction to the following nugget of information: Kids know more about Pokemon creatures than they do about real creatures*. We think there’s something wrong with that. Apparently, so do many others.
picture of a bird with the word "what" Phylo is: (1) a card game that makes use of the wonderful, complex, and inspiring things that inform the notion of biodiversity; (2) an exercise in crowd sourcing, open access, and open game development; and (3) FREAKIN’ AWESOME!
picture of a plant with the word "who" The phylo project is the product of the kind and (frankly) amazing contributions of many many individuals who have given art, science expertise, gaming advice, programming chops, and more. Today, the project sees a continued expansion of new cards and new games being made by organizations and people from around the world, with two main types of games (one like dominoes with a biodiversity theme, and one that is more about hand building that tends to focus on STEM culture concepts).
picture of a lady bug and the word "how" You can Start quickly by printing yourself a deck and checking out these videos on how to play (biodiversity game and Women in STEM game). Alternatively, you can just collect and print the cards by going to the card section and “select”ing the ones you like. We’re starting to amass a wide variety of different decks, some of which are high quality and available for purchase!  To see this list of decks or expansion packs, do click HERE.