Cool the Earth, develop a FREE app for tablets and smartphones called Koda Quest that is a care game starring an animated bear named Koda. This app was funded in part by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the game encourages kids to use less natural resources.
I like this electronic game because Koda Quest combines real-life actions with the child's parents. A mobile game that teaches children earth friendly behaviors and has their parents confirm the progress through email. In a world where seventy five percent of kids under eight years old now play games on smartphones and tablets for an average of 17 hours per week, this game has them put the game down! How amazing is that, the kids must put the game down in order to perform their assigned task, such as turning off unused lights or recycling. Then when they are done, the kids ask their parents to pack a "no waste" lunch in order to level up and create a cooler world for Koda, the young polar bear. If kids are going to play electronic games, then this should be one of them. Researchers at Stanford University evaluated Cool the Earth’s school based program and found that 35% of participating students with their families take at least two new climate “saving” actions suggested by the program. Also over a third reported taking additional steps that are more involved, such as purchasing energy efficient appliances or engaging in civic affairs.
If kids are going to play electronic games, then this should be one of them.
Bill Lauto, GTG
Environmental Scientist at
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