Published: Jul 30 2010 12:00AM
Students in Montgomery College's Computer Gaming and Simulation Program partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to create and launch a new online educational video game, "Sea Turtles and the Quest to Nest." The Web-based game provides science instruction on loggerhead sea turtle conservation through a series of mini-games and animations designed for fourth through seventh grade students. The game marks the second time that Montgomery College students have collaborated with NOAA on its WaterLife game series. The first game, "WaterLife: Where Rivers Meet the Sea," debuted in 2009.
"Developing this game was a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn new skills while helping the environment," said Professor Deborah Solomon, coordinator of the gaming program at Montgomery College. "The project gave them the experience of working on a professional, year-long project and the satisfaction of knowing that their work will educate others about how they can protect sea turtles."
The game takes place in seaside town in the southeastern United States and focuses on teaching children about the protection and recovery of the loggerhead sea turtle, which is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Players navigate a series of mini-games from helping a turtle dodge obstacles on land and in the sea to clearing the beach to help turtles reach their nests and going on a photography scavenger hunt. To succeed at the game, players must understand how human actions affect loggerheads and what people can do to improve the chance for survival of the species. The game is available at http://games.noaa.gov.
"Sea Turtles and the Quest to Nest" was launched in conjunction with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. Each year thousands of educators, education leaders, and technology professionals meet to share the very latest technology-based learning tools to bring learning to life for the nation's students and advance teaching through the effective use of technology.
The Montgomery College Computer Gaming and Simulation Program is designed to meet the computer gaming industry's demand for well-trained employees. Montgomery College offers both associate's degrees and certificates through the program. Students learn the technological skills that can lead to a career in the industry or to transfer to a four-year college or university.
For more information about the Montgomery College Computer Simulation and Gaming Program, visit the Web site at http://www.studygaming.com.