Kids enjoy anti-pollution game app

2019-05-29 06:01
Learners of Ilinge Primary School who recently won the Boats Mobile Application Game Tournament. From left are Sibabalo Luphindo (14), Zintle Ngindana (10), Nomvula Magele (teacher), Oyamangaye Phillips (12), Sinazo Gqamlana (12), Buyele Sali (principal), and Professor Jean Greyling.Photo:PHILIPA WOOD

Learners of Ilinge Primary School who recently won the Boats Mobile Application Game Tournament. From left are Sibabalo Luphindo (14), Zintle Ngindana (10), Nomvula Magele (teacher), Oyamangaye Phillips (12), Sinazo Gqamlana (12), Buyele Sali (principal), and Professor Jean Greyling.Photo:PHILIPA WOOD

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A TOTAL of eight schools recently competed in the Boats Mobile Application Game Tournament for a chance to win a R2 500 cash prize at the SANCOOB Seabird Rehabilitation Centre.

The two-player mobile game educated its players on the challenges of plastics in the ocean and introduced the players to the basic science of computer coding.

The aim of the game is to remove plastic pieces as they navigate the boat in a grid representing the ocean, removing plastics tokens from the ocean by landing on them.

This was done through the use of tangible tokens which allows for the commands.

Once the set of tokens is packed out, a photo is taken. Through image recognition, the commands then become executable in the app, moving the boat through the grid.

The game has incorporated a set of multiple-choice questions that relate to plastics in the ocean.

This game serves the purpose of educating its players through the basic science of computer coding.

According to the head of communications at Sustainable Seas Trust (SST), Courtenay Webster, the event included educational presentations on plastic and microplastics by SST, as well as on the African penguin and other seabirds found around the Nelson Mandela Bay Coastline by SANCOOB.

In addition, a presentation by Captain Fanplastic was introduced to the schools for future collaboration.

“The main part of the event was the Boats Mobile Application Game Tournament,” Webster said.

There were three rounds in the tournament, with a close tie between two schools in the final round.

The winning school was Ilinge Primary School.

Webster added, “The event yielded a fun-filled and interactive afternoon with a focus on environmental education, creating awareness on plastic pollution and showing the youth that they can be a powerful force and voice in tackling the plastic pollution and its detrimental impacts.

“The kids were wonderful.

“They were very attentive during the presentations and eager to learn.

“They had a lot of fun playing the game and we hope that they left with the knowledge and drive to take action against plastic pollution,” Webster said.

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