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Click the image to view an engaging, three-minute video

and accompanying short story by Megan Mendenhall

published in the January 24, 2024 issue of Endeavors,

UNC’s Research and Creative Activity magazine.

Playing for Resilience

The Climate Change-Enhanced Disaster Resilience Building Game 


Climatopia™ is not just a game. 

The heart of the mission behind Climatopia™ is to build more resilient communities

through teaching strategies and offering resources to help with water-related natural disasters. 

Developed through close collaboration with more than 60 students and partners since 2020,

the final game design can be made at home with a 1-yard Spoonflower order and resources and files at this website.  


Co-Founders Sydney Thomas, Alex Pistiolis, and Intern Karla Cordova presented with Dr. Rachel Willis 

 the purpose and initial fabric design at the Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference in May 2021. 

The presentation’s slides show the roots and purpose of the game: Climatopia™ Presentation


Game Piece Bag and Laser-Wood Cut Game Pieces:

Character, Resource, and Quiz Cards:

Front of Fall 2023 Character Card with young girl dressed as a super hero flexing her arms.
Front of Fall 2023 Character Card.

Resource card with yellow background and treasure chest on the front
Front of Fall 2023 Resource Card.

Front of Fall 2023 Quiz Card with black circle and white question mark.
Front of Fall 2023 Quiz Card.

Resources to Prepare for Climate-Enhanced Disasters:

Front and Back of Drawstring Bag: