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Let’s evaluate the game

Can a game change behaviour?

We are looking for teachers to help us collect some data

We would like you to help us answer a couple of questions:

Does the game Habitat increase the practice of environmentally friendly behaviors by players of the game?

Does the game Habitat encourage children to spend more times outdoors?

Calling all teachers!

Calling all teachers!

If you are interested in joining the study please contact me at
kylee (at) habitatthegame.com

I look forward to hearing form you. Base line data collection is fun!

With thanks,

Kylee

Habitat is on the Map – Find the Virtual Pins

Habitat the Game Virtual pins

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:

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/albumMap?uname=104195294115560509963&aid=6062656779560432689#map

It is a public map so feel free to share.

Habitat the Game Virtual Pins

Habitat the Game Virtual Pins

The pin gallery is in the same spot:

https://picasaweb.google.com/104195294115560509963/HabitatTheGameVirtualPins?authuser=0&feat=directlink

The People’s Climate March from within the costume

We had a fabulous time at the People’s Climate March yesterday.  We made a couple of videos that centred on our Habitat mascot and below are some photos.

Our mascot Nara Garber who wore the bear suit in steamy conditions has shared on Facebook her experience of the march from within the costume. Below is a very unique perspective of the People’s Climate March:

Thank you all for tolerating the deluge of bear imagery in recent days. Before I take a much needed social media sabbatical and throw myself back into my Braddock edit, I wanted to share a few random observations. IF YOU ARE WEARING A POLAR BEAR COSTUME…:

1. You are essentially inhabiting your own microclimate, which, yesterday, was a not a particularly pleasant one. I spent the second half of the march recalling anecdotes from troops I met in Iraq and reminding myself that I was neither in harm’s way nor saddled with 50 lbs. of gear in 130 degree heat. So, if you ever wondered what a mascot is thinking…

2. Some children will run to you and hug you as though you are the essence of all that is good in the world.

3. Other children will look at you and sob hysterically.

4. It is possible to make the NYPD smile (although not without effort).

5. Smiling for photographs is utterly pointless (and yet I did this all day…).

6. People are strangely attuned to your body language. Dancing elicits dancing; bows elicit bows; lethargy… well, you get the point.

7. Someone watching 310,000 people march by might pull you over and ask if you’ve seen Deirdre. (?!)

8. Your vision is limited both horizontally and vertically, and you are in constant danger of tripping on barricades and other people. If you are ever stepped on by a mascot, don’t take it personally.

9. You are dependent on others to keep you upright and hydrated. Thank you, Tolan, for being the best support crew a bear could wish for… and for still being willing to register for a marriage license with me the morning after.

I should also explain one more time that the “Habitat” on the bear’s shirt refers to Habitat the Game, a free app created by my friend and roommate, Kylee Ingram that teaches kids about the environment and sustainability while promoting real world actions. For more information, visit http://www.habitatthegame.com.

Here’s to better stewardship of our planet 365 days a year!

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Habitat at the BEAMS Festival

On Saturday the 20th of September Habitat the Game will recreate an interactive winter wonderland in Henrietta Lane, at the annual BEAMS Festival in Chippendale Sydney:

http://beamsfestival.com.au/

The winter wonderland will allow players to mirror their portable device and play the game on the large screen.

Mock of Habitat the Game's Winter Wonderland at the BEAMS Festival

Mock of Habitat the Game’s Winter Wonderland at the BEAMS Festival

To reinforce the sustainable message a series of displays will be set up to demonstrate the real-world actions required to keep the polar bear alive and happy. The Installation will represent bear’s habitat by projecting an icy arctic ocean with oversized cardboard icebergs, sheets of ice and life size polar bears inhabiting the cardboard ice world.

Team Habitat will also be running an interactive scavenger hunt. There will also be some of Australia’s most popular virtual pins relocated to the area for the day! Players will be able to collect the humpback whale, koala, black cockatoo, kangaroo, including popular Wilderquest series of pins.

Find all of the pins and receive a prize!

Habitat the Game virtual pins at the BEAMS Festival

Habitat the Game virtual pins at the BEAMS Festival

 

The event starts from 5pm so bring your kids and your phone and enjoy!

Habitat the Game Player Tutorials

We have finished 7 short videos that explain Habitat the Game.

An Introduction:

How to Care for your Bear:

How to feed your Bear:

Real World Actions:

Glacier Park:

Your Profile

How to Trade Pins

 

You can see these videos and more on our youtube channel at :Habitat the Game on YouTube

 

 

Can technology get kids outdoors?

We are hoping to talk at SXSW about how technology can get kids outdoors.

If you have 2 minutes you can vote for our project below.
 
Vote to see my session at SXSW 2015!

Habitat the Game video tutorials

There are so many aspects to Habitat the Game – real world actions, bear care, glacier park, player profiles, mini games and more.

A number of players have asked us “how to” so we have begun to film a series of player tutorials with the game’s creator Kylee Ingram.

They will be available on our YouTube channel.

Check out the first video, all you need to know about Bear Care:

Feedback for Habitat the Game

Habitat has enjoyed it’s first month in the hands of players young and old.

We have had a lot of feedback from parents and players. See some of our favourite comments below:

Sally mother of Lachlan aged 9
Lachie found Habitat on my phone, he loves it!! When he gets a turn on my phone he’s choosing Habitat over Minecraft!

Mat father of Alex aged 8
Given that he only has about 30 minutes a day on an ipad, habitat held its own against games like clumsy ninja, and lego star wars for play time.

Jane mother of  Will aged 9
Will loves Habitat. He has taught his siblings and neighbours how to play. Will has a life’s amount of ‘screen time’ each week but he manages to check on his bear – and if he doesn’t his brother or sister do!  It has been great to see some of Habitat’s lessons put into action in our home – shorter showers, lights turned out and a keenness to recycle their old toys and clothes.

Olivia aged 7
I liked taking care of the bear and feeding it so I knew the bear was healthy and could have a baby. I liked the swimming in the Arctic looking for fish.

Krissie mother of three
Habitat allows a child to imagine and create with a positive environmental focus. This is the best app of it’s genre. It is a positive and challenging experience for children. It encourages children to think about the environment and the positive choices they can make as independent thinkers.

 

Madeline aged 7
I LOOOOOOOOVE your game. (Today at my brothers soccer my mum said do you want to play on my phone I said no I,d like to play on dads phone can you guess why?)
I soooooooooooo like your game I am the leader. I have 4594 points already.

 

 

 

 

How to trade pins

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.

 

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Habitat the game virtual pin

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.

 

Habitat the game virtual pin board

How to search for virtual pins

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.

 

Collect your virtual pin

Habitat virtual pin collection

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.

 

Habitat virtual pin gallery

Habitat’s virtual pin gallery

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:

 USA
Guatemala
Venezuela
Brazil
Costa Rica
Honduras
Belize
Nicaragua
Kenya
Mexico
Peru
Australia
Scotland
New Zealand

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 

Testing Habitat’s Virtual Pins

On Manhattan’s upper west side, a group of young players tested Habitat’s new location services.

They went hunting for pins…..

Ten virtual pins were placed along the Eastside Parkway.

Players navigate to the location using a gps enabled map.

Players can then trade their pins with other players around the world.

Below is a video of the day: