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Sep 15, 2017 2017-09-15

Mobile Learning

Search and Rescue Game

A distress call from an emergency beacon goes off somewhere in the world. Satellites orbiting high above Earth receive the signal and relay the person’s location to search and rescue crews on the ground. In Rescue 406, an iOS mobile game by NASA, students use the information from these satellites to direct the rescue effort. Students will need to be quick to keep up with an increasing number of people in trouble. When they come across a person adrift in the turbulent ocean waters, they will need to throw a life preserver to reach the person. They may need to land a helicopter gently to rescue someone stranded on a deserted island or clear a path through the woods to rescue an ill-fated camper. Someone stuck in the mountains will need to be airlifted in a steady rescue basket. Gameplay gets more complicated when the satellites receive only partial information from the emergency beacons. Students then will need to use the satellites to scan the ground or decipher information from the beacon before they start the rescue. As they play this educational game, students learn about the NOAA-operated SARSAT (Search And Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking) system. Cost: Free 

Gamification/Game-Based Learning Problem-based Learning STEM • STEAM • STREAM

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