The ‘Light Pollution Challenge’ Pilot: A 3-D Education Gaming Project

The ‘Light Pollution Challenge’ Pilot: A 3-D Education Gaming Project 
Organized by Robert Hill (Northern Ireland Space Office, Armagh Planetarium, Armagh) with children from the following schools: St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt, Co. Derry; St. Patrick’s College, Maghera, Co. Derry; Carickfergus Grammar School, Co. Antrim; Loreto College, Coleraine, Co. Antrim; Belvedere College, S.J., Dublin; St. Dominic’s High School, Santa Sabina, Dublin; De La Salle College, Churchtown, Dublin; and Gonzaga College, S.J., Dublin.
This session will feature short presentations from eight schools that have taken part in the all-Ireland pilot of the ‘Light Pollution Challenge’. Pupils from Key Stage 3 in Northern Ireland (11–14) and Transition Year in the Republic of Ireland (15–16) were tasked to create 3-D environments/games using the topic of Light Pollution as the context for development and the learning outcomes. The objective was to develop a real ‘game’ that other pupils could use to learn about the topic and the different aspects of Light Pollution that impact on society and the environment. The pupils have been given only 3 weeks to prepare their projects, as this is the more realistic scenario that teachers would face in the classroom in developing such a product within the confines of daily curriculum delivery. The pupils will briefly discuss the learning outcomes and skills developed in the course of their game creation and time will be allowed for a quick Q&A to better understand how the pupils have coped with this type of learning in a short period of exposure to the new ‘ThinkingWorlds’ technology. All participants at the conference with an interest in Education and the possibilities flowing from inclusion of Light Pollution as a key interdisciplinary theme in the curriculum are encouraged to attend this parallel session.

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