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A Serious Game to Inform Young Citizens on Canal Water Maintenance

  • Yoeri Appel
  • Yordan Dimitrov
  • Sjoerd Gnodde
  • Natasja van Heerden
  • Pieter Kools
  • Daniël Swaab
  • Nestor Z. Salamon
  • J. Timothy Balint
  • Rafael BidarraEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11899)

Abstract

In order to support the creation of sustainable and healthy ecosystems, citizens should have knowledge of the necessary maintenance needed. For example, they should be aware of the challenges of maintaining proper urban surface waters, so that they can take on a responsible and proactive role. Ideally, citizens should acquire this knowledge from an early age. We describe the design, implementation, and evaluation of the serious game Hydro Hero, aimed at forming and reinforcing this awareness and reasoning. Hydro Hero is an infinite runner game with extended minigames, which show both what should not be on the canals as well as why they should be removed. We assessed the ability of Hydro Hero to teach young children about canal maintenance by combining a questionnaire with open-ended play-testing sessions at a science museum. On average, players were able to improve their ability to justify why certain items should be removed or left in a canal. It has not been fully confirmed that Hydro Hero conveyed this specific knowledge, due to the absence of quizzing beforehand. However, given the high participants’ engagement, we consider the game to have contributed to their awareness about the importance of canal cleaning for a sustainable urban environment.

Keywords

Urban water Educational games Behavior change 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We owe great thanks to the employees of the Science Centre at the TU Delft, especially Marit Bogert and Jules Dudok, and all visitors of the Science Centre who volunteered to play the game. Furthermore, we thank Sylvia Strijk for the creation of the artwork of the main game.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoeri Appel
    • 1
  • Yordan Dimitrov
    • 1
  • Sjoerd Gnodde
    • 1
  • Natasja van Heerden
    • 1
  • Pieter Kools
    • 1
  • Daniël Swaab
    • 1
  • Nestor Z. Salamon
    • 1
  • J. Timothy Balint
    • 1
  • Rafael Bidarra
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer ScienceDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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