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2016-10-14 Poland: Developing of Mutual Understanding Among Europeans, Appealing to Troubled Pasts, via Children School Education with Use of Computer Games



Developing of Mutual Understanding Among Europeans, Appealing to Troubled Pasts, via Children School Education with Use of Computer Games


Description of the project offered: 
An adventurous journey through Europe in space and time, it means trough Europe’s territory from its troubled past to its possible brightest future, is the content of an educational computer game for school use that is to be developed and implemented in the scope of the project.
In the proposed game titled Rally by Cybernetic Turtles through Europe from the Past to the Future, a general concept and educational mechanisms of another computer educational game, already existing and tested with positive results in elementary schools, are to be used.
The Institute of Mathematical Machines in Warsaw has developed in the years 2012-15, under the FP7 collaborative project TIRAMISU, a game named Great Rally on the Back of Electronic Turtles that was designed for education of children about dangers on territories with explosive remnants of war (children account for about 46% of all civilian casualties of such remnants). The game is presented as a case study in the Computer Game Journal (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40869-016-0026-z), a video of the game is available on YouTube (https://youtu.be/GRcpXNJB63Y). 
The game, having the form of a rally on the back of artificial turtles through adventurous territory, has been tested successfully in one school in Poland and in two schools in Croatia. The results – mean values from polls answered by children in these 3 schools – were the following:
- it’s easy to understand the game’s rules: 85.8%;
- it’s easy to play the game: 73.3% ;
- the game is very interesting: 45%;
- the game is interesting: 51.2%.
In the Rally by Cybernetic Turtles through Europe dangerous terrain with mine risk will be replaced with an European historical space with risks of wars, persecutions, epidemics etc. but also with fairest laws (as Magna Carta) and successful works of collaboration. Cybernetic turtles, equipped with cameras and tiny artificial intelligence (as their archetypes in early cybernetic experiments) driven by players move from start to finish line on paths on the European territory encountering objects, areas and events historically motivated; some of them can cause disqualification of a player. Turtles are feed with “grains of movements”, one grain lets the turtle to make one step on the path. Replenishment of the grains resource can be done by a player in a kind of “filling stations”, where payment is effected by giving correct answer in educational quizzes. Other way of the grains replenishment is sending by player correct reports on observations presented him/her by the turtle with its camera and intelligence. The aim of the rally is of course to get the finish line in the shortest possible time, without disqualification. Winners are rewarded with gold, silver and bronze medals. Moreover, players can be rewarded with “titles of honor” or “proficiencies” of the scout type.
The target game (or a series of games) shall have a form of a set of variants with different historical scenarios and in different languages.
Project proposer:   Marek Kacprzak (Poland)
Partner role:  Project coordinator 
Partner organisation:  Research
Call for proposal title:  CALL: UNDERSTANDING EUROPE - PROMOTING THE EUROPEAN PUBLIC AND CULTURAL SPACE 
Call for proposal identifier:  H2020-SC6-CULT-COOP-2016-2017


Description of the collaboration sought: 
We invite all teams interested in implementation of described proposal. 
Expertise sought: Education. Training, Social aspects, ICT Applications, Information processing. Information systems, 
Roles sought: Project coordinator, Project participant, 
Organisation types sought: Research, Education, , 
Countries sought: Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece