Snakes & Ladders

“Exploring Manga, Science, Peace & Politics: The Path of Snakes & Ladders”

Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm EST
(9:00am- 11:00am CST)

Delivery: Via Zoom (meeting details sent after registration)

Cost: Free

Who: Open to K-16 teachers and administrators in any state. Pre-Service teachers welcome. Any subject, no Japanese language needed.

Registration required: Registration link

Flyer: Feb 19 Workshop Flyer

Workshop details: Join us as we explore a historical Japanese game that teaches children both the basics of physical science and world history through manga! Entitled “Atomic Sugoroku: Comics for Science Education,” this 1949 “snakes and ladders” board game has a colorful cast of characters personifying the traits of protons, electrons, and neutrons. As players race to the final goal (in this case, World Peace), they learn how these particles act in the context of atomic science and post-war Japan. Participants in this seminar will not only explore the game of sugoroku (a centuries-old game that is still popular today), but also learn about the global history of peace politics, science, and the Nobel Prize. In addition, workshop facilitators will share  relevant teaching tools and discuss ways to incorporate these topics into wide ranging and cross-curricular classrooms.

Led by:

· Ann Marie Davis, Associate Professor, The Ohio State University

· Angie Stokes, NCTA Alumni, Wayne Trace Junior/Senior High

If you require an accommodation, such as live captioning, to participate in this event, please contact Janet Smith at or 614-292-3345. Requests made at least two weeks in advance of the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

Coordinated by the East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University.

Sponsors: University of Pittsburgh national coordinating site for the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) Asian Studies Center, University Center for International  Studies and a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to  the East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University.