Valpak had acquired the UK license to distribute ECO – Battle with Detritus. This
is a resource management game aimed at young people. The game offers a fun way to
learn about the environment and could be used in schools or in the home.
Valpak were unsure how best to distribute the game to the intended target audience
and asked us to offer consultancy to help them prepare the game for the educational
and home market.
We set up a review panel and worked with a number of schools to discover
The objectives of the pilot were to discover:
What aspects of the game work in the classroom (games based learning)?
How the game could be used productively in schools
How the game address the requirements of teachers and learners?
What elicits motivation/engagement from young people
How can the game enhance the learning?
What additional materials are required to support the use of the game
How the game meets the following learning objectives:
To understand environmental issues such as waste, energy and pollution.
To encourage problem solving and decision making (critical thinking).
To encourage group working and discussion.
To motivate individuals to apply the learning to their own lives.
We also developed additional materials to support the games based learning.
We provided a comprehensive report that analysed feedback from young people, students
and teachers. We made recommendations including how to modify the game, how best
to use it in an educational setting, and how to take the product to market.