Test your skills on ecology with the ECOPOTENTIAL Scientific Gaming!

Francesco Cozzoli, Sara Montinaro, Università del Salento, Italy

Test the skills of your students in the field of European Transitional Waters Protected Areas with ‘Scientific Gaming’, the online game for students (ages 10 and up) coming from schools through all Europe!

The Project ‘ECOPOTENTIAL Scientific Gaming’ will allow your students to study and apply the method of scientific research applied to the investigation  of some of the most important European wetlands in a entertaining way through the use of a video game focused on ecological descriptors of marine ecosystem status.

Playing ‘ECOPOTENTIAL Scientific Gaming’, students will learn more about wetland ecosystems, their health and the procedures to assess their ecological status, engaging the foundations of the ‘deductive thinking’ and ‘logical reasoning’ necessary not only in science, but also for their future life as young students.

The ECOPOTENTIAL Scientific Gaming promote the knowledge and underline the importance of wetlands for the conservation of biodiversity and for the ecosystem services they provide, by referring to some of the most important European Transitional Water Ecosystems: The Wadden Sea, the Doñana wetland, the Danube Delta and the Camargue.

Players, as student “scientists”, will be asked to answer questions, solve problems, drag and drop images in the proper research infrastructure category, analyse figures and tables about research showcases, read and understand summaries of scientific papers.

The game includes three main objectives to reach from each player. The player has to: 1) demonstrate a basic knowledge on the Transitional Water Ecosystem morphology, ecology and flora and fauna biodiversity; 2) learn more about Transitional Water Ecosystems functioning and about their key role in biosphere; and 3) focus on Earth Observations from remote sensing and field measurements, data analysis and modelling of ecosystem conditions and services of European Transitional Waters in relation to ongoing global changes.

Players should also develop an understanding of the implications of human activities on transitional waters environment (such as eutrophication, chemicals, marine litter, contaminants, noise and other threats from socioeconomic activities) and basic knowledge on the Transitional Water Biodiversity.

For more information, please email ecopotentialgaming@unisalento.it , francesco.cozzoli@unisalento.it.