Games for Goals at the Ecotrip Festival 2023
For the second time, Haarlem-Mutare and others parteners organized the annual Ecotrip Festival. With more than 48 activities across the city, sustainability was connected to culture during the National Climate Week. With a lot of attention for our ”Games for Goals” project The Water Cycle, which we are developing together with four universities of applied sciences from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Portugal and two NGOs from France. This game project is made possible with an Erasmus+ grant from the European Union.
Exhibition Water = life
Until the end of the year, the Binnensteeds community centre, Nieuwe Groenmarkt 20 Haarlem will host the exhibition Water = Life with photos by photographer Dik Bol about how volunteers in Haarlem and sister city Mutare keep the rivers clean. During this exhibition, a try-out about the game The Water Cycle was organized on 1st end 4th November , the Haarlem cartoonist Peter Koch gave a workshop cartoon drawing about water threats to 10 people.
Test Lessons Game the Water Cycle
On Friday 3 November, 27 pupils from group 8 of the Bosch and Vaartschool played the first version of the game The Water Cycle. In four groups, two games were played, about dry rivers and chemical river pollution. The strength of these games is that it is about the children working together towards a solution. The children were very enthusiastic about the games and the rain dance part was popular. In the follow-up discussion, the children and their teacher gave good suggestions for improving the final game.
Biodiversity game in development.
Starting next week, students from Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium will be working on developing a game about biodiversity. This game is also intended for the upper years of primary schools in Europe. Over the course of seven days, the students will develop a playable game concept that will be developed by the teachers of colleges and NGOs in Germany, Portugal, Belgium, France and the Netherlands will be developed into a full-fledged game. The programme is funded by the European Erasmus+ programme.
For more information about the progress of the project: https://www.haarlem-mutare.nl/