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The 5D ‘Randoms’ of last year have evolved into 6A this year at Berwick Fields Primary School. But they haven’t let the amazing frog card game they created gather any dust. It’s getting bigger and better! Here’s an update from the Randoms:
We have been streamlining our rulebook and will start to get others to read it soon to check that it is as clear as it can be. The photos for the game have been coming in and we are getting closer to having all we need (but still a bit off). Thanks to Chris Banks, Damian Goodall and Michael Swan for providing these.
We recently heard back from the Education Department who has told us there are no grants that would be suitable for funding the game. We were disappointed to hear this, however we are still positive about getting it published. We need to look for a manufacturer that can print our game. We are hoping to find one that is environmentally friendly to fit in with the theme of the game. We are starting to write the script for the how to play video, but we cannot film this until the cards are complete. The class decided to change the name to ‘Survival – Frogs of South Eastern Australia’ because then it gives them room to turn it into a series of games (which we have started to work on).
Mini Fete Games
For this year’s mini fete, we wanted to design some simple card games that would be more suitable for all ages, that way they can be played by families easily without any trouble. We decided on designing a game for our Victorian Fauna emblem, the Leadbeater’s Possum (as we have already designed a Helmeted Honeyeater game – more on that soon). We decided to include these games as ‘Survival – Pocket Edition’ for both Leadbeater’s Possum and Southern Corroboree Frog. It is a simple game that is a twist on Memory. The goal is to discover suitable habitat for the Leadbeater’s Possum, then move a male and female adjacent to it. Then players need to reveal the Breeding card to win the game. There are threats amongst the cards and if too many of these are revealed during the game, the players lose. It is of course cooperative again.
Another group of us then modified this game to work for the Southern Corroboree Frog as well. It has a few twists, including a Chytrid Fungus card that removes Corroboree Frog cards and the requirement for the Nest to also Flood to win. We have filmed a how to play video that will play during Mini Fete and hopefully we will sell out of the 450 copies that we have organized.
Helmeted Honeyeater Game (Project Honeyeater aka Survival HeHo aka unnamed Honeyeater game)
This game was developed during a problem solving maths lesson and is still in the prototype stage. The idea is that you are in charge of a captive breeding program, with the goal of raising and releasing as many Helmeted Honeyeaters to the wild as possible. This is done through rolling dice and allocating them to different aspects of the captive breeding program. Red dice count as general threats or setbacks and cancel out allocated dice. It is a much more abstracted game, but requires both planning and luck to succeed. Aiming for high scores over several seasons. Some cards allow you to reroll dice for better results (these represent extra efforts by Zoos Victoria, Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater and our class) Oh and by the way we are visiting Yellingbo Conservation Reserve with the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater group to plant trees and learn more about the area. We are really looking forward to it.
Our topic this term is Sustainability and we wanted to design an Aquaponics system to grow our own vegetables. As a class we all designed our own system. We voted on the best design to use and then modified it when problems arose. We are currently on version three due to leaking and overfilling in version one and too much water being pumped out of the tank in version two. We have it running really nicely now and the plants are growing really quickly! It has been a really rewarding experience. We are currently tracking water usage and growth rates, comparing to a regular garden bed which is outside our classroom.
Cheers, 6A and Mr B.
I love frogs!