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Invasion of the energy monsters: a family board game about energy consumption

Banerjee, Amartya; Horn, Michael S.; Davis, Pryce


Amartya Banerjee

Michael S. Horn

Assistant Professor in Learning Sciences


We present Invasion of the Energy Monsters, a board game that attempts to highlight the role of family practices in household energy consumption. While household energy management activities — such as controlling heating and cooling systems — tend to be adult centric, we believe that children and adolescents have a meaningful role to play in helping their families move toward more sustainable ways of living. To that end, Energy Monsters has been designed to scaffold interactions between family members and encourage conversations about electricity consumption and waste. In this paper we provide an overview of our current design and a brief summary of results from our playtesting sessions with five families, and a description of versions that are under development.


Banerjee, A., Horn, M. S., & Davis, P. (2016). Invasion of the energy monsters: a family board game about energy consumption.

Conference Name 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2016
End Date May 12, 2016
Acceptance Date Feb 9, 2016
Publication Date May 7, 2016
Deposit Date Sep 14, 2017
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Children; environmental sustainability; board games;
tractionless practices; tangible interaction; cultural
forms; design; learning
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Additional Information Published in: CHI EA'16 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 7-12 May 2016, San Jose, California, USA. New York : ACM, 2016. doi:10.1145/2851581.2892507. ISBN: 978-1-4503-4082-3.