Gaming to understand the complexities of water catchment management

Explore the inaugural New Zealand Aqua Republica Eco Challenge 2016 with Deli Connell, Andrea Soanes and guest presenter Rose Jowsey from DHI Water New Zealand. The Eco Challenge is an annual extracurricular learning event for ages 11–17. Youth around the country can try their hand at balancing the needs of human populations with those of the environment and compete to be regional and national winners.

The game features a bird’s eye view of a water catchment, based on real-life modelling, where the player acts as the catchment manager applying system-wide approaches to integrated water resource management.

This webinar also explores a range of  Science Learning Hub resources to support Aqua Republica participants with the background knowledge required to achieve the best possible learning outcomes and high scores in this national serious game. It also prompts teachers to broaden their thinking incorporating cultural and scientific aspects and choosing to use the game as a teaching tool.

See below for the:

  • PowerPoint presentation
  • index for the PowerPoint and video.

How do I register my school?

For anyone interested in participating in upcoming Aqua Republica Eco Challenges, email Rose Jowsey with your contact details.

I need more information

Check out our Aqua Republica Pond bucket, it's full of related resources and student activities around water pollution, the water cycle and resource management.

Activity idea

In this activity, students build an aquifer model and examine how water gets into an aquifer system. Students have the opportunity to discuss the part groundwater plays in the water cycle and to describe the various pathways precipitation can take once it falls to the ground – infiltration, run-off, evaporation and uptake by plants – and understand the link between groundwater, surface water and the water table.

Nature of science

Modelling in science is an important aspect to predicting future impacts from different scenarios. Managing water catchment usage is vital to conserving groundwater.

    Published 10 August 2016, Updated 19 December 2016