Name of organisation/institution:
Eco Logic

Type of structure:
NGO

Country/Region:
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Short description of the activity:
Based on classical board games (e.g. Monopoly), Eco Neighborhood is an educational board game, created by the Civil society organization Eco Logic, where players through interaction and fun will learn what it is energy, energy production, which are the sources of energy, how to rational use the energy and the consequences of irrational use of energy. Also, transport, as a serious subject in the urban areas, is covered by Eco Neighborhood. Through playing Eco Neighborhood the players will be able to see the pros and cons of walking, cycling, driving a car and using public transport. The creation of this board game was part of the project „Education on energy“, realized by the civil society organization Eco Logic, with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Target group:
Children

Age of participants:
8 – 14

Methods used:
Gamification is the application of game-design elements and game principles in non-game contexts.  Gamification commonly employs game design elements which are used in so called non-game contexts  in attempts to improve user engagement, organizational productivity, learning etc. The purpose of theses game systems is to promote student engagement and motivate students to participate in the course activities.

Practical arrangements used:
Elements of the board game: Platform, cards, pawns, dices, spinning wheel.

Context/background?
If used properly, many professors have found that by using games as a motivator in their classrooms they have improved course assessment results and have students that are attentive and productive. Research and science-based games are even working on real-world problems by motivating players to help.

Issues address:
Whit this board game, children, age 8 -14,  were introduced to concepts such as renewable and non-renewable energy, sustainable transport and so on. The board game was first introduced to 20 elementary schools in Skopje, and then to numerous schools across Macedonia.

Objectives of the project?
– Increasing understanding and knowledge among children on topics: energy efficiency, climate change and sustainable living,
– Introducing new and creative ways of learning for environment for youth, in formal educational institutions.

Impacts on youngsters?
Increases pupils engagement;  creates interest;  makes social connections.

Collaborations:
– Supporters: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Web link with the activity:
http://ecologic.mk/Default.aspx#p=18114

Contact information:
email: ecologic.mk@gmail.com
web: www.ecologic.mk
fb: http://www.facebook.com/EcoLogic.mk/

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