The Bakery Shop

The Bakery Shop(Photo: WOSU)
The Bakery Shop(Photo: WOSU)

The Bakery Shop is an educational game collaboratively developed by WOSU Public Media, the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) at The Ohio State University and the Ohio Council on Economic Education. Targeted to second graders, the game is designed to immerse the user in concepts of economics in a visually engaging way using an entertaining game context.

Streams of hungry customers arrive at a bakery with a specific craving. Ingredients, cooks, and ovens must be carefully managed to produce the right food at the right time to keep customers happy. The goods produced by the bakery share similar ingredients, so choice is important and is always a trade-off between recipes.

The Bakery Shop leads users to recognize that people have many wants, that wants are unlimited and resources are scarce. The goal is to enable students to explain how resources can be used in various ways, identify goods and services, and recognize money as the generally accepted medium of exchange for goods and services.