New board game teaches supply chain fundamentals

New board game teaches young people about business and the supply chain.

New board game teaches supply chain fundamentals
Pat Smedley and Andy Page

Business on the Move, a board game that teaches business and supply chain concepts, has been released in the UK with an Australian version in the works.

The game simulates the running of a supply chain business, and requires players to decide on ways to best meet delivery deadlines and reduce the carbon footprint of the business whilst maintaining a profit.

Two former business studies teachers started The Very Enterprising Community Interest Company back in 2011 with the aim of creating a game that could be used by teachers across a wide range of age groups. Andy Page and Pat Smedley devised the company and found backing from 50 sponsors to make the game a reality.

These sponsors, which include Chep and DHL, feature in the game and perform the same role as their real-world counterparts.

"Research shows that active learning improves students’ understanding and retention of information and can be very effective in developing higher order cognitive skills such as problem solving and critical thinking," Smedley says.

The Australian version of the game is in the planning stages, and the creators are seeking sponsors. The ultimate goal of the Australian version is to have 2,500 sets of the game made and donated to schools. 

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