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It’s Earth Day and the Royal Ontario Museum is launching Habitat in Canada! There will be five new Habitat pins to be found in the museum. Canadian players will be able to trade the local pins they find with other players around the world.
We sat down with Aaron Phillips from the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity to learn a little more about ROM and what they have planned.
Tell us a little about the ROM. How many kids come through a year?
- The Royal Ontario Museum is one of the largest museums in Canada, and rather unique in that we have extensive collections encompassing not just art, nature, or history, but all three under one roof! It’s a little tricky to parse just how many kids come through – but I can say that in 2015-2016, we had 1.1 million visitors at the museum, of which 100,000 were students visiting with their classes. Add to that all the kids who participate in our camp programs, as well as all those who come in with their families through general admissions and membership, and it adds up to A LOT of kids!
What have been some of your most popular exhibitions for kids?
- We’ve found that children enjoy opportunities to interact with our galleries and exhibitions in diverse ways, whether through touchable replica objects, puzzles, costumes or technology. To that end, we have had great success with exhibitions featuring interactives geared towards children (and social media savvy adults) such as our recent Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano and, currently, Out of the Depths: A Blue Whale Story.
What are you doing for Earth Day?
- This Sunday (Apr 23) we’re having a building wide Family Funday program called “Earth Matters”, where we’re bringing in a number of ecology-, environment- and citizen science-oriented organizations to encourage our visitors to take action to better conserve and preserve our planet (which includes introducing them to Habitat the Game, of course!) it will be a great opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn more about environmentally-minded organizations and how they can themselves take action towards greater sustainability.
How will kids be using Habitat in the museum?
- They’ll be using it as a new way to further explore and discover some of the iconic specimens in our biodiversity galleries and exhibitions. I’d also like to think that as they complete challenges, they’ll be thinking about how the sustainability of their actions relates to the biodiversity on display. I hopeful we’ll eventually see us finding ways to leverage some of the additional learning materials developed for classroom settings by adapting it to Canadian curriculum as well.
Why have you chosen Habitat as a partner?
- Biodiversity programmes at the Royal Ontario Museum strive to help our public better understand nature and to prevent its loss through communications, research, citizen science, and community engagement. A very significant portion of our visitors are kids, and engaging them in meaningful discussions about ecology and environmental issues is a major part of our mandate. We can see that the team behind Habitat feel the same, and believe that Habitat will be an excellent addition to the means in which we connect with youth.
How do games and interaction fit in with your gallery?
- Taking inspiration from our close working colleagues in the Hands-On Biodiversity and Discovery galleries, we know that facilitating inquiry-lead, hands-on discovery of our specimens and objects in the Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity is an absolute must for meaningfully engaging visitors (of all ages).
- Furthermore, over the last few years our gallery has also been proud to support our ROM Game Jam program by hosting the ROM Arcade. The ROM Game Jam sees roughly 100 video game developers invited into the Museum and, working in teams, building a video game inspired by some aspect of our research and collections. Each year, the ROM Arcade is the testing ground for a select few of these games, where visitors/players can critique and share feedback with the developers, collaborating with them on improving the games.
How interested do you think kids are about the environment/climate change?
- In our experience, we’d say “very”! Most children have a deep-seated love of nature, of respect for wild creatures, and wonder at the “endless forms most beautiful” (and weird) that inhabit our world. And they also have very strong feelings about what is “fair”. And so as they become increasingly aware of the various environmental challenges we face as a global society, their desire to do something is strong.
Here is a table that shows the countries where our 149 pins are currently located.
We are continuing to add locations.
The aim is to create a local/global experience. Kids learn about the species, plants and areas that are local to them and trade their pins with other kids globally.
|Red Deer Stags||Scotland|
|Stone of Destiny||Scotland|
|White-Tailed Sea Eagle||Scotland|
|Standing Stones Circle||Scotland|
|Western Grey Kangaroo||Australia|
|Western Blue-tongue Skinks||Australia|
|Clown Fish||Australia, Malaysia, Japan, Papua New Guniea, Solomon Islands|
|Fallow Deer||England, Ireland, Iceland|
|Bald Eagle||USA, Canada|
|Manta Ray||USA, Hawaii, Australia, South Africa, Japan|
|Saltwater croc||Australia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia|
|Brown Bear||USA, Canada, Russia, China, Sweden, Finland, Norway|
|California Sea Lion||USA, Mexico|
|Dolphins||Australia, USA, Mexico, Guatemala|
|Tundra, Polar Bear||USA|
|Sasha, Amur Tiger||USA|
|Indy, California Sea Lion||USA|
|Betty, Grizzly Bear||USA|
|Houdini, King Cobra||USA|
|Dexter, Magellanic Penguin||USA|
|Cortez, Red-Ruffed Lemur||USA|
|Opal, Silvered Leaf Monkey||USA|
|Tuti, Western Lowland Gorilla||USA|
|Kenya, White-Throated Bee-eater||USA|
|Leo, Baby Snow Leopard||USA|
|Jalak, Bali Mynah||USA|
|Charlie, California Sea Lion||USA|
|Dash, Gentoo Penguin||USA|
|Diver, Scaly-Sided Merganser||USA|
|Zoe, Snow Leopard||USA|
|Biru, Red Panda||USA|
|Sid, Babydool Sheep||USA|
|Dori, California Sea Lion||USA|
|Anura, Dart Poison Frog||USA|
|Kobo, Hamadryas Baboon||USA|
|Dakota, American Bison||USA|
|Spangles, Andean Bear||USA|
|Mable, Hyacinth Macaw||USA|
|Duke, California Sea Lion||USA|
|Nuka, Pacific Walrus||USA|
|Jacob, Sea Otter||USA|
|Leafcutter Ant||Costa Rica|
|Black howler monkey||Belize|
|Red-Eyed tree frog||Nicaragua|
|Amazon River dolphin||Brazil|
|Blue Morpho Butterfly||Costa Rica|
|Silver Fern||New Zealand|
|White Kiwi||New Zealand|
|NZ Fur Seal||New Zealand|
|Blue Cod||New Zealand|
|Little Blue Penguin||New Zealand|
|Sasa, Sun Bear||New Zealand|
|Black Oyster Catcher||New Zealand|
|Brown Kiwi||New Zealand|
|Long Finned Eel||New Zealand|
|People’s Climate March||USA|
|People’s Climate March||USA|
|Giant Panda||China, Hong Kong|
|Polar Bear||USA, Canada, Russia, Greenland, Norway|
|Amur tiger||Russia, Korea, China|
|King Cobra||India, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam|
|Magellanic penguin||Brazil, Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands|
|Red Ruffed Lemur||Madagascar|
|Silvered Leaf Monkey||Malaysia and Borneo|
|Western lowland gorilla||Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|White-throated bee-eater||Senegal and Uganda|
|Baby Snow leopard||Nepal, India, China, Russia, Pakistan|
|Gentoo Penguin||Falkland Islands, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand|
|Scaly-Sided Merganser||South Korea, China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Russia|
|Snow Leopard||Nepal, India, China, Russia, Pakistan|
|Red Panda||Bhutan, China, Myanma, India, Tibet|
|Poison Dart Frog||Bolivia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, Panama and Hawaii|
|Hamadryas baboon||Jordan,Yemen and Saudi Arabia, Eritrea to Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia|
|Andean Bear||Panama, Venezuela,Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina|
|Hyacinth Macaw||Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay|
|Pronghorn||USA, Canada, Mexico|
|Puma||Canada, USA, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile|
|Pacific Walrus||USA, Canada, Greenland, Russia|
|Sea Otter||USA, Canada, Japan, Russia, Mexico|
|Sun Bear||India, Thailand, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Laos, China|
Happy New Year Habitaters! We are hitting 2017 with force, starting with our largest and most significant update since the launch of Habitat the Game.
Habitat has always strived to connect our players to nature by encouraging them to get out and explore the world. Yet, we would be lying if we said we had not been inspired by Pokemon Go’s ability to get people outdoors.
That inspiration has led to a revamp of our unique pin system. Until today each pin would only appear in a single location. Now we can spread pins more widely, reaching more players.
Pin locations encourage players to explore their natural environment, from parks to waterways to urban green spaces. Players can collect pins that represent animals, locations or plants in their local areas and learn all about their pin.
These local pins can then be traded with other players from across the planet!
Our unique pin system incorporates exercise, education and gaming in the real world.
This new update combined with our recent surge in player numbers (15,000 in one day!) sets us up for a brilliant 2017.
We look forward to hearing from our players in the coming weeks! Please let us know places you think pins should appear in your neighborhood.
The summit will host 200 participants from across the globe. The attendees are meeting in West Virginia with the aim to develop a North American Framework for Action to inspire a new generation to experience nature.
Over the past four years we have developed software as part of a social game that rewards players for heading outdoors, colleting virtual pins and trading them with other players in the game.
To date we have worked with international partners including Environmental Organizations – lead by the WCS and the Rainforest Alliance, National Parks, Zoos and Tourism bodies to identify locations for players to visit (now in 16 countries) http://www.habitatthegame.com/pins/
Here are some articles about the experience Habitat created from parents perspective:
And some articles about the App –using games and technology to get kids outside:
Through the app we can see where kids have been exploring. This map shows the kids in both Wellington NZ in the last 90 days and the pin locations:
We are looking forward to the summit to exploring what the next steps may be. Can we expand our partnerships to reach more kids around the world? Or should we be looking at using the technology as part of a new platform?
We know technology is just one way we can inspire the next generation to get outdoors and I am looking forward to brainstorming the ways in which we may inspire this next generation.
Wellington was awash with kids on the weekend – they were attending DOC’s Conservation Week Event.
The kids made pledges for environmental actions and they posted them on the board! They loved being able to collect the pins, and the Habitat stamp was a huge hit.
Stay tuned as we will be adding some of these pledges to our game.
Below are some snaps taken at the event:
We have created a picasa file, a gallery of the Habitat pins showing where they are located in the world. You can view the gallery here:
It is a public map so feel free to share.
The pin gallery is in the same spot:
On September 21, the day of the People’s Climate March, Habitat will place two virtual pins along the March’s Route. These pins will be one off unique pins that kids/players will only be able to pick up on the day of the march.
People who attend the climate march will be able to play Habitat and be rewarded for their participation in the march. This activity will be appealing to kids in the march with their parents.
Habitat the Game will pop two virtual pins along the route of the march: one at the start in Columbus Circle and the other at the finish at 34th Street. Players will capture these unique pins when they are within 50m of the designated area.
The pins will be branded with the 350NYC logo.
The first pin the players collect is a climate change pin where the focus of the multiple-choice will be on climate change. The second pin will be an animal pin – the three multiple-choice questions on the pin will focus on what is at stake for the animals.
Find out how more about the People’s Climate March http://peoplesclimate.org/march/
To learn more about how the location services work in the game watch the video and visit the following links: http://youtu.be/FOWUuHwLUM4
After a decade of research the Mannahatta Project at the Wildlife Conservation Society un-covered the original Ecology of Manhattan.
The Mannahatta project brings to life the original ecology of Manhattan prior to European settlement. It shows us that the centre of one of the world’s largest and most built-up cities was once a remarkably diverse, natural landscape of hills, valleys, forests, fields, freshwater wetlands, salt marshes, beaches, springs, ponds and streams, supporting a rich and abundant community of wildlife that sustained people for thousands of years before Europeans arrived on the scene in 1609.
Habitat aims to bring some of the research of Mannahatta to the streets of New York and into the hands of a young audience. We hope to place over 60 virtual Mannahatta pins throughout New York – rewarding players for finding these locations, while providing some historic background information and fun quiz questions.
Players will collect the unique Mannahatta pins and they will be able to trade these pins with other players from across the country and around the world.
One of the aims of the Mannahatta project was to bring greater environmental awareness to people in New York City. We hope the Mannahatta pins will help with this objective by encouraging kids reconnect to their natural environment. Helping them appreciate the environmental diversity of Manhattan, which supported over 45 different ecosystems, thousand of species (including wolves, black bears, bald eagles, beavers) and it was also home to the original Native American people, the Lenape.
There are currently five Mannahatta pins sprinkled around the city.
How to trade pins. This is the article we posted on the help section of the game for kids. We have included here for parents with pictures of the screens.
Become a global trader!
We are keen to see Habitat players head outside and explore the world.
We will reward you for going outside and finding Habitat locations.
There are currently over 100 Habitat pins in 13 different countries around the world; to find the virtual pins make sure you turn on the location services and sign in.
When you are near a Habitat location you will be notified about the location and which unique virtual pin you will find.
There are a number of ways you can search for pins:
– Use the map to see the pins around you and around the world,
– By country; will show you what pins are available in each country,
– By Pin; type in the name of the pin you would like to find.
At each Habitat location there is a unique virtual pin you can collect. These pins can be traded at a later date.
When you are close enough to the pin, tap on the pin to collect. The pin is instantly added to your Pin Gallery.
For additional Habitat points answer the multiple-choice questions on the reverse side of the pin.
Collecting more than one pin
You can collect up to three of each pin at any one time. Although you do have to wait 30 minutes after collecting your first pin before you can receive your second pin at that location.
You Pin Gallery will show which pins you own, how many of each pin you have and what pins you have up for trading.
Once you have collected a pin it automatically goes into your trading list, ie the trading icon is on. You can turn off the trading icon by simply tapping it when your pin is full screen.
If another player puts one of your pins on their wish list you will be notified they would like to make a trade. You will be able to see what pin/pins they will offer in return for you pin.
You then have three choices:
– accept their offer,
– reject their offer or
– ask them to make another offer.
Trades between two players will stay open for an hour and you can trade up with 5 different players at a time.
Any pins you would like to add to your gallery can be added by tapping them on your wish list. You can find pins to add to your wish list by doing either a search by country or by pin name.
There are currently 102 pins you can collect. They are located in the following countries:
You will need to work with other players around the world to get the full set of pins.
For more information on pins you can find us on instagram at habitatthegame or twitter @habitatthegame