Hats! is a role-playing game for children from 5-12 years old to encourage empathy in the classroom.
Each child is assigned the role of a 'traditional' character and assigned a group-task. A fun game for all that challenges the imagination, Hats! brings together 'traditional' characters in unconventional situations such as: "How would a policeman, wizard, and construction worker build a garden together?" In order to accomplish the task, the participants must understand what his/her character can contribute and relate to the other characters. By making specific occupation-relation characters and tasks, Hats! can also be adapted to teach children with Down syndrome about potential vocational occupations.
Team mates: Scott Sugimoto, UCLA Joe Bruzek, Virgina Tech Vanessa Chun, USC, Amelia Fong, Washington University in St. Louis.