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Township—The Board Game

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An innovative board game called Township has been created to facilitate student recruitment. An overview of the recruitment dilemma and current student recruitment efforts is presented. The need for a way to interest potential students and help motivate teachers to invite recruiters to the classroom is discussed. The Township Game conception, description, marketing, play, and potential usefulness as an educational recruitment tool are discussed. The game recreates the early settlement of public land within a township. Historically based trivia questions are included. As many as seven players try to increase their land holdings by pursuing good trading relationships and practice, and concurrently gaining an understanding of what made this country great and of the vital role played by the surveyor in its economic development.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2010

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  • Surveying and Land Information Science (SaLIS) is the official publication of the American Association of Geodetic Surveying (AAGS) and the Geographic and Land Information Society (GLIS).

    SaLIS is a scientific journal devoted to reporting research and new work conducted to advance geodetic surveying, land surveying, large-scale mapping, and geographic information systems designed to advance the development and management of the cadastral parcel data layer and other land information applications. SaLIS publishes research articles, technical papers, technical notes, papers on the current state of surveying education, surveying history, book reviews, and current literature reviews. Every four years, the journal publishes the U.S. Report to the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG). The Proceedings of the Surveying Teachers Conference are published bi-annually.

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