Eco Challenge – Hong Kong's Homantin Government School has come First in Asia
HONG KONG DIGITAL GAME-BASED LEARNING ASSOICATION COLLABORATES WITH UNEP-DHI CENTRE, UNESCO HK, HONG KONG SCIENCE TOGETHER WITH OUR SPONSOR ROTARY DISTRICT 3450 TO LAUNCH THE SECOND ONLINE GAMING COMPETITION TO BOOST CLIMATE CHANGE AND WATER MANAGEMENT AWARENESS AMONGEST ASIAN YOUTHS
Date: 12 April 2014
Time: 8:30 am – 6:15 pm
Venue: Conference Hall 04-07, 2/F, Lakeside 2, Hong Kong Science Park
The 2nd UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge 2014 uses an online strategic game “Aqua Republica”, to help raise awareness of the importance and challenges of managing limited natural resources in the face of multiple and often competing demands in the drive towards a sustainable development of a city.
Hong Kong Digital Game-based Learning Association is collaborating closely with Mr Chew Chengzi, Head of Serious Games at UNEP-DHI Centre based in Denmark on the use of the online strategic game to reach out to the youths in Asia to create a greater awareness of the current issues related to climate change and its effects in the development of our cities and population in Asia.
While the world of Aqua Republica is fictitious, the challenges of sustainably managing a limited supply of water resources in a situation of growing demand between multiple users and uses are very much based on real life scenarios. The key objectives of the game are inspired by UNEP’s ecosystem approach to Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), highlighting the importance of ecosystems and its importance (e.g. food security, freshwater supply and disaster risk reduction, etc.).
The UNEP DHI Eco Challenge 2014 is reaching out to the younger generation aged between 11 and 17. Competitors will form teams of 2 persons each to compete within an 8 hour stretch.
There are 500 teams total participating this year’s challenge from all over Asia including Australia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and more. 31 teams from 11 different schools represent Hong Kong in this competition. The team from Homantin Government School beat all 499 teams with a score of 1255221 to become the overall winner! Second place is Catholic High School team from Singapore with a score of 1041173 while the third place is the Chiangmai Thebadint School team from Thailand with a score of 869341. A big congratulations to the Homantin Government School team!
PP Frankie Tam
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