Global Trade of Non-Renewable Resources

The production, consumption, and global trade of oil are topics that impact people around the globe. Students may understand the direct implications of oil in their lives when they travel in cars and buses, or fueling up at a gas station. However, many students are unfamiliar with the interactions that take place on a global level to ensure fuel is available for consumption. Through the “Trade Game,” students experience the strategic methods associated with the global trade of oil. Students participate in the simulation without knowing its connections to oil consumption and trade until the conclusion of the game. Experiences and data collected during the “Trade Game” allow students to further explore the impact of oil on regions around the world. The “Trade Game” is built on current data from the BP Statistical Review of World Energy for real-world application in the classroom. This exciting activity provides opportunities for multiple extensions in mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies.