A Game Design Project from the G4C Student Challenge
By Amaris, Christian, Kaitlin, and Isabella
Middle School Students from Mouse @ Stephen A Halsey JHS 157 Q
About this Project:
This game is called Save That Habitat! We are very passionate about protecting animals in the Arctic from oil drilling. Oil drilling in the Arctic could lead to oil spills, which could destroy the fragile and complex Arctic ecosystem. In the case of a possible oil spill, thick winter ice hampers the drilling of a relief well, oil breaks down slower at lower latitudes, and oil recovery in the Arctic is close to impossible. We have created this game to educate students and teachers about the hazardous impacts of Arctic oil drilling. In this game, you will have to click on an oil drill to destroy it. If you click on an X, located in the background, the game will restart. Once you have saved seven animals, one animal of each of the species in the game, you will win. At the end of the game, you will see a link. The link leads to a petition to prevent drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
More About this Project
Our game is quite simple. Follow these directions and you will quickly get the hang of playing. (WAS TO MOVE AROUND) First, you will need to choose your character. Once your character is chosen you will be moved to an icy cold arctic background to find the oil drills. Once you find an oil drill, click on it and an animal will be saved. However, if you do not click on the oil drill and instead, click on the x close to the oil drill, it will bring you back to the beginning. Clicking on the x should be used to restart the game. Once you have saved all the animals you will be shown a link to a petition. To access and sign the petition, click on the link. By signing the petition, you will be making a difference, albeit a small one, but anything you can do will help.
Feedback from the Judges:
Danny Jimenez 👏 Information Assistant at New York Public Library — Emoti-Con Judge
The message of the project is clear and having the link to the petition at the end of the game was a great idea! Good job! As an owner of dogs, saving animals is something that I like helping with and the game did a great job of showing us how bad the drilling is for their habitat.
Anderson Emerole 👏 Learning Design Manager at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
This is a great activity and really engaging. I love that it is created in Scratch and gives the user the ability to interact and clearly choose the oil drill vs the X. I also love that actual animals appear every time an oil drill is removed, making the connection for the player that oil drills have real world effects on the animals that live in those areas. One improvement I would make is possibly adding a timer to give some context that if time keeps passing and we don't act, animals are less likely to be saved in the areas where oil rigs are being built.
Edwin Pavliukoit 👏 Meteorologist at National Weather Service — Emoti-Con Judge
A fun little game that introduces the user to the sensitive nature of oil drilling in the arctic, that has been in the talks lately. Apps such as this one have potential to educate the public on the importance of putting pressure on fossil fuel companies, whose search for more oil extraction can lead to ecological disaster. On another note, the game is well coded and has good visuals!
Feedback from the Community:
👏 a Middle School Student
I like the type of coding and the aspect of saving animals
Vidhi 👏 a Middle School Student from Queens, NY
This game is cute and adorable, and I love that I am able to choose which character I want to use. I like how there are many different images of different, unique animals. I also like how the setting of the project is unique itself. Very cool!
Jakhongir 👏 a Middle School Student
I really liked the game and also like that you mentioned the link for saving habitats. As owner of pet I I also like to helping animals
Viola 👏 a Middle School Student from Nyc
I love this game it’s really interesting to save the animals from the oil drills. I really love how you added lots of effort to the game
Michael 👏 a Middle School Student from New York
I liked how there were different types of animals that you could feed .
👏 a Middle School Student
I thought it was really interseting
Azamat 👏 a Middle School Student from Tajikistan
I am saying that the people that want to destroy the habitat and we need to save them so they couldn't be destroyed. And I am so happy that we will save the habitat for animals, or peoples.
sumayah 👏 a Middle School Student
The game was very interesting I liked how they made a game to help animals from oil pollution
Nayeli 👏 a Middle School Student
I like the the game was creative and it had a lot of meaning to it
Gabriela 👏 a Middle School Student from Queens
The game was nice but I wish the x's can go away so I can see better but overall I think its great.
Vivian 👏 a Middle School Student from Queens
I love how passionate you guys seemed about your topic!
Sophia 👏 a Middle School Student from nyc
I liked the game a lot I wish I would not see the x the whole time so I can see better.
Ella 👏 a Middle School Student
You all seemed to really feel passionate about helping save animals, and it was fun to help. I also really liked that you added a link at the end to help even more.
Caressa 👏 a Middle School Student
Their game proved just how important this topic is to them and how passionate they are on spreading awareness about it. Great job!