First a bit of background. I teach grade 8 in a middle school (so ages 13/14). We offer our students 3 hours a week of ‘explorations’ class. Traditionally this has been a variety of classes like: Art, Woodworking, Foods, Drama, ‘Fit and Rec’, Outdoor Ed, etc… So basically non academic subjects. Due to Covid-19 policies in my school district, we can’t offer those same types of classes this year. Instead, I, as a Math/Science teacher will be expected to offer a variety of ‘Expo’ (exploration) topics to a class, 3 hours a week, for the school year.
As an avid gamer myself, I’ve considered trying to implement a chunk of time (perhaps a few weeks, so 9-15 hours total) as some ‘gaming’ exploration. Now, keep in mind it will be a class of 25+ youth who likely have no experience with RPGs. I won’t be able to GM for them, they will have never played before, and topics must be ‘school appropriate’. Some of them may be fairly disinterested, at least to start.
I may add a section at the end of the ‘course’ asking students to design/hack their own game or version.
What RPGs do you suggest I explore for use? Do you have any thoughts or advice on implementing this?
Edit/Update: Thanks for the replies so far! To clarify, my thought is that I would put students in small groups of 4-5 and set them up to play on their own, with me in an overall supervisory role.
PS. I’m new to the forums, but I’ve been listening to the podcasts for a while now. I hope to get into some online games with y’all at some point.