Games at Three Research Reserves Supercharge Estuary Education

The Takeaway: These interactive games, co-developed with 140 University of Delaware students, help users understand how specific actions can help, or hurt, wetland creatures and habitats.

Interactive games at research reserve exhibit halls in Delaware, Florida, and Texas educate visitors on actions that can help, or hurt, local estuaries and the creatures that live there. Game guidance and custom art are available for other research reserves to use. Project partners include the University of Delaware, NOAA’s Science Collaborative, and the Delaware, Guana Tolomato Matanzas, and Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserves.

Colorful, touch-screen lessons feature recent findings from each reserve and illustrate common issues occurring in estuaries across the country. University of Delaware undergraduates in computer science and art developed these products and learned about estuarine ecology and stewardship along the way. The games are now being shared with other research reserve educators.

This project team received a grant of $44,992 from NOAA’s Science Collaborative, a program that’s managed in partnership with the University of Michigan. Visit the project page to learn more and access all products. (2017/Updated 2020)

Partners: Delaware Research Reserve, Guana Tolomato Matanzas Research Reserve, Mission-Aransas Research Reserve, University of Delaware