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Daniel Banks

2010 Conference Presenter

Education Program Specialist, Peace Corps

Daniel Banks is an Educational Specialist with the Peace Corps Coverdell World Wise Schools Program.  Daniel previously worked as a Conservation Education Specialist for the US Forest Service, a Park Ranger with the National Park Service at 4 National Parks across the United States and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines from 1998-2000.  Daniel is originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a background in Elementary Education and Commercial Recreation.


Using the Peace Corps Challenge Game to Understand Global Problems and Their Solutions

Presenters: Daniel Banks, Education Program Specialist, Peace Corps; Melissa Morales, IT Specialist, Peace Corps

Track: International Education and Exchange

Level: Beginning

Delivery: Games/Simulation


Date/Time: Friday, March 12, 2010/1:45pm-3:00pm

The Peace Corps Coverdell World Wise Schools fosters an understanding of cultures and global issues by publishing print and online resources based on Peace Corps experiences, and facilitating communication between Peace Corps Volunteers and U.S. classrooms. Its use of multi-media online learning resources has won several awards, including a Silver Award from the 2008 W# wards for its Peace Corps Challenge Game, and was an official honoree from the 2007 Webby Awards for the World Wise Schools website.

This session will allow participants to explore sustainable development issues by playing the Peace Corps Challenge Game. By simulating the role of a Peace Corps Volunteer in the fictional village of Wanzuzu with local villagers, participants will solve eight different challenges facing the community: water contamination, sanitation and disease, microfinance, barren fields, malaria, soil erosion, girls’ education, and agroforestry. Participants will discuss the use of the Peace Corps Challenge Game in making students aware of global issues, and teaching them about the importance of collaboration in the process of solving global problems.