In this recorded webinar, Deli Connell and guest presenters Rose Jowsey and Carl Johnson from DHI Water New Zealand as well as game participants reflect on the benefits and challenges experienced during the inaugural New Zealand Aqua Republica Eco Challenge 2016. This webinar also features comments from the teacher of the winning team, Matthew Williams.
Background to the game
The Eco Challenge is an annual learning event for ages 11–17. Youth around the country developed skills by participating in a serious online game to balance the needs of human populations with those of the environment within a water catchment model 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.
Carl is the technical lead behind the development of the New Zealand version of the serious game and has worked alongside Rose at DHI to bring the of Aqua Republica Eco Challenge 2016 to New Zealand schools.
We used a lot of maths and learned about balancing industry and the environment.Student
Unpacking some of the strategies for success.
This webinar created an opportunity for participants to reflect on the serious game. It describes some of the statistics of the game and unpacks some of the winning strategies used by the top teams. It also prompts teachers who are using gaming as a context for learning to broaden their thinking by incorporating scientific and cultural aspects into curriculum areas.
Nature of science
In the Water issues activity, students investigate issues surrounding water in their local area and relate this knowledge to water issues in other countries.
|Topic||PowerPoint slide number(s)||Video timecode|
|Introducing the Science Learning Hub and presenters||1–5||00:00|
|Aqua Republica - who participated and initial feedback||6–9||1:27|
|Aqua Republica - winners||10-11||3:10|
|Aqua Republica – statistics – how the game was played||12||4:30|
|Aqua Republica – feedback required||13||7:32|
|Aqua Republica – measuring learning||14||23:48|
|Aqua Republica – recap||15||26:12|
|Aqua Republica - sponsors||16||27:06|
|SLH promotional bookmarks, SLH links, thanks||17-18||27:40|
More information about Aqua Republica
- Webinar 1 – What is Aqua Republica Eco Challenge 2016 - recording of this webinar
- Webinar 2 – How do we play Aqua Republica Eco Challenge 2016 - recording of this webinar
- Webinar 3 – Reflecting on Aqua Republica Eco Challenge 2016 - recording of this webinar
- Aqua Republica Eco Challenge 2016 - article
- Gaming for learning - article
- Follow Aqua Republica on Facebook and Twitter.
- Aqua Republica Pond bucket - full of related resources and student activities around water pollution, the water cycle and resource management.
The AquaRepublica serious game is now offline, the next round of NZ Aqua Republica Eco Challenge gaming will be in 2018.