Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
NSF Grantees Poster Session
Algae City is an interactive and educational game that is currently being developed through IUSE program in the Unity Game Engine. Algae are a diverse group of aquatic organisms that have the ability to conduct photosynthesis. Algae have been found to have many unique and beneficial properties including being utilized as a renewable and sustainable resource. Algae City is designed towards educating students about the possible implementations of algae as a sustainable resource and environment friendly solution to many of the world’s problems. The game’s story line revolves around the idea of the player reintroducing algae into a futuristic space community as a solution for its heavy pollution and depletion of natural resources. The game has an open world environment with a series of interactive modules where the user will complete tasks that exemplify the uses of algae. Some of the uses of algae that is shown in this game include using algae as a renewable resource, viable waste purifier, and a biofuel. A module that goes into depth about the uses of algae as a cosmetic base is currently in development. Through the waste purification module, users can see how algae breaks down waste and uses various nutrients for reproduction. This module prompts the player to create the most optimized pipe routing to get a higher score. In the algae reactor module, the character controls an algae reactor in which the user learns about different parameters that are involved with the cultivation of algae. The biofuel module explores how different concentrations of algae affects the efficiency of algae based bio-fuels. The character drives a bus that uses the combination of gasoline and algae oils to find the most optimized and cost-efficient biofuel mixture. Throughout Algae City, each module tests the player’s cognitive and decision-making skills by challenging the player to find the most ideal solution. Algae City helps users discover the multifaceted beneficial uses of algae. It is a game to promote STEM education.
Tang, Y., & Jahan, K., & Trinh, K. B., & Gizzi, G., & Lamb, N. (2018, June), Board 50: Algae City - An Interactive Serious Game Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30048
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