Name: Zero Hero (educational game for children )
Date of implementation: 2020 – 2021
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Challenge/task: „Miesto laboratorija“ (City’s Laboroatory) promotes zero waste movement to visitors of small ages. To make this topic entertaining, and playful, they approached us with a task to come up with the education game, which teaches children to be more waste-conscious.
Educational game ZERO HERO sparks a conversation between first-graders and teachers about ecology, no-waste lifestyle, conscious and nature-friendly environment. Cards can make an in-class activities and field trips more playful.
How it works:
1. Children are divided into teams of 3 to 6 players;
2. Cards divided to players equally. Depending on how many players are playing, everyone should have 1 to 5 cards.
3. Game master (usually a teacher) picks one out of five topic cards and opens it on the table with a short introduction to the topic (let’s say it’s PLANTS. Game master can say: And now let’s talk about the plants that we can plant in our homes). Then game master gives a question from the topic (e.g. Can you grow veggies in the city? Where can you do that? etc.)
4. Players should find and give the card that corresponds with the answer to this question or topic. IMPORTAINT: players should explain each card – why does one think it answers the question.
5. If game master approves the answer, the card is thrown away.
6. The goal of the game is to get rid of the cards. The team that makes it first is the winner – ZERO HERO.
Instructions in Lithuanian can be found in Miesto laboratorija website.