Drawn Futures: Arizona 2045

Comic book style drawing with a man with black hair, pink glasses, red shirt and red paints stands in his bedroom with drones flying around him. With a digital clock on a dresser that reads 8:15

Drawn Futures: Arizona 2045 is a science-based comic book for 5th through 8th  grade students from ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination. Created by award-winning comics authors and advised by ASU senior sustainability scholar Dr. Paul Hirt, this original story envisions the near future of Arizona’s energy systems.

In an increasingly networked and visual culture, comic books and graphic novels are important tools for bolstering literacy, communicating with diverse audiences, and creating a space to discuss complex scientific and social topics in a meaningful and accessible way.  Drawn Futures: Arizona 2045 is designed with these goals in mind and aligns with Arizona State Standards for the 6th Grade science curriculum.

Drawn Futures: Arizona 2045 is available now, and a limited number of classroom sets will be distributed to interested educators.

Download the PDF here, or fill out this short interest form to be considered for a printed classroom set.

Should you have any questions, please contact Bob Beard at Arizona State University.

Drawn Futures: Arizona 2045 Sample Experience
Table graphic in 4 sections. 1. Imagine- Read Drawn Futures: Arizona 2045 - Independent, 2. Discuss Recap/summary of Drawn Futures: Arizona 2045 Similarities and differences of school systems in 2045 Similarities and differences of the Phoenix Valley in 2045 Technological adaptations to environmental challenges in Arizona Other types of renewable energy systems and solutions elsewhere in 2045 Implications/consequences of technological solutions - Large Group 3. Make Collaborate on a project Making: Parabolic solar cooker: http://almostunschoolers.blogspot.com/2015/05/parabolic-solar-shoebox-cooker-math-you.html Imagining: Imagine the world of 2045 from the perspective of one of the side characters. What technological solutions work in their geographic area? Write, draw, or design their world. Small Group 4. Reflect What did you create? What problem did you solve? What are the unintended consequences of your solution? Large Group