Hurricane Board Game
Published 31st January 2014, 11:49am
The Cayman Prep and High School Robotics rookie team, ‘Cyber Pirates’ won 2 of the 5 major awards at the First Lego League Qualifying Tournament on Saturday, January 18th in Clearwater, Florida. Their strong result means they now advance to the Regional Tournament on February 2nd along with two of the other teams that competed at the initial stage of the tournament.
The theme of the robotics tournament was ‘Nature’s Fury’ and the Cyber Pirates claimed the major award for 'Best Project’ for their innovative solution to the problem of educating children about hurricanes. The team designed and built a board game that depicts a map of Grand Cayman. The objective of the game is for the players to move around the board (from home to a hurricane shelter) collecting hurricane supplies and learning about hurricanes through the question cards. The player who answers the most questions correctly gets the most hurricane supplies and wins.
The judges were highly impressed with the hurricane board game designed by the Caymanian students and the Cyber Pirates achieved the highest score of 393 points which was almost 100 points ahead of any other team in the tournament! One of the improvements suggested by the judges was that Cyber Pirates should share their solution (The hurricane board game) with persons who would benefit or who could implement the solution. Staff members from Hazard Management Cayman Islands were subsequently invited by staff at Cayman Prep to see the game in action and make comments and suggestions.
The students then met with HMCI Director, McCleary Frederick and other HMCI officers and made their presentation. The students explained that the game could provide entertainment to children, help educate and dispel fear particularly in environments like emergency shelters or when the power has gone out and electronic games are unavailable. After seeing the game and listening to the presentation from the Cayman Prep students, Mr. Frederick was impressed with their design and ingenuity and the overall effort put in by the children. He thought the game might make a good electronic application. Staff at HMCI will now assist further by reviewing the hurricane questions.
The Robotics Team members include: Matthew Penner, Daniel Link, Trey Milgate, Jakob Kunzer, Adrian Pasquali, Daniel Campbell, Esme Griffin and Amelia Pimentel. Miss Allison Smith is the coach for the Cyber Pirates Robotics Team.