Awkward Moment® puts 3-8 players in terrifically awkward social situations! Players gather a hand of Reactions and together face hysterical, embarrassing, or stressful events. How Awkward! Taking turns as “the Decider,” players use Decider Card to determine the basis for a winning Reaction. Players try to impress the Decider by submitting the best response from their hand of cards!
Awkward Moment is a 20 minute game for middle and high school students (3-8 players ages 12 and up).
Awkward Moment features three decks of cards:
Players each receive five Reaction Cards. The first Decider flips one Moment Card and one Decider Card and reads them to the group. Each player submits a face down Reaction Card in response to the Moment and Decider Card on the table. The Decider shuffles the submitted cards, reads them to the group, and picks a winner by interpreting the Decider Card’s rule. The winner keeps this round’s Moment Card. Each player draws a new Reaction Card and the player to the Decider’s left becomes the next Decider.
Awkward Moment was developed as part of a National Science Foundation-funded project called “Transforming Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) For Women and Girls: Reworking Stereotypes & Bias.” The grant has allowed Tiltfactor, with additional assistance from the National Girls Collaborative Project, to research and create a number of games, with designs informed by psychological theory and research, aimed at reducing gender bias and broadening participation in STEM. Initial data suggests that Awkward Moment strengthens associations between women and STEM and inspires greater assertiveness in confronting social bias.
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