This free video game from BBC’s CBBC channel teaches youngsters about ocean plastic pollution in a fun and engaging way.
With a shift to unconventional schooling after the changes brought about by Covid-19, there has been a significant rise in digital educational tools. Entertainment mediums, such as video games, can have a real positive potential if used correctly. When video games are designed to address a specific problem in mind, they can help players or learners better engage, perceive and understand the issues at hand.
When it comes to better understanding ocean plastic, we came across a fun video game by CBBC (the BBC brand for 6-12 year-olds) which does just that! The Plastic Planet Marine Rescue is a great educational tool for youngsters to explore the deep seas and the issue of ocean plastic in a fun and engaging way. The game features 3 ocean zones each with a unique mission, consisting of 3 levels. The north Atlantic (saving whales), the Indian Ocean (saving turtles) and the Pacific Ocean (dolphin rescue). The free-to-play game follows a simple match-three puzzle where players need to connect plastic of one type (colour) to progress. Along the deep-sea adventure, interesting educational facts about ocean plastic are presented and players are encouraged to use ‘boosters’ i.e., solutions to deal with the plastic pollution, and rescue the sea creatures.
Save the seas, pop your way to cleaner oceans and safer habitats for sea creatures like whales, dolphins and turtles! Try the game and resolve the challenges here: