Following the success of a digital games competition last year, Reid Kerr College linked up with Lochfield Primary to produce a game to promote the environment, which also ties up with their Eco School programme.
HNC Computer Games Development students were tasked with working on a range of games and Computing lecturer David Renton said, “This year we asked the students to come up with ideas for Eco games and produce materials which they could present to the kids at Lochfield Primary for feedback. The Computing students visited Lochfield Primary and exhibited their ideas to the Primary 6 class at the school. Following discussions and group feedback, the children selected what they thought was the best idea.”
The Computing students then worked on the chosen concept to produce a series of finished games and during a visit to the College this month, the school children voted for the best game. After a morning on the consoles, the children selected Lumberjack Attack as the winning game, which has now been given to the school to use to promote the Eco School programme.”
Marie Renton, Depute Head (Acting) at Lochfield Primary said, “This has been a great opportunity for the P6 pupils at Lochfield to participate in an enterprise project with their local College. The project developed their enterprising skills and attitudes, encouraging our pupils to be innovative and creative and develop a ‘can do, will do’ attitude. It was also a fantastic opportunity for career education, making partnership links with Reid Kerr and finding out about some of the courses on offer there.
Our pupils have been very excited about this project and one child summed it up nicely when he said, “This has been the best day! We are now looking forward to trying out the game along with other children in the school. With its environmental focus, we hope this will help us attain our Green Flag status as an Eco School.”
David continued, “The winning game featured a Bear trying to stop Lumberjacks from cutting down the trees in his forest. The game was easy to play and although challenging as well, it wasn’t set too difficult for the range of children playing it. The children picked it because they found it the most fun, along with the fact that it had a strong environmental message.
The winning team received £100 in Braehead shopping vouchers, kindly donated by Braehead Shopping Centre for the event. One lucky Lochfield pupil, Jack Field aged 11, received a T-Shirt featuring the “Wheel-E Bin” game for being the best at nearly all the games. This is certainly the type of project we will be looking to run again in the future.”