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World Landmine Avoidance Project: Save Lives and Limbs Via $100 Laptop Game Project

April 22, 2010

Undercover UXO is an educational game designed to teach children in war torn countries to spot and avoid potential indicators of landmines and other unexploded ordnance (UXO). It is played on the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program’s XO laptop. The game is purely graphical, with no text to read.

All information is conveyed with photographic images and audio files that can be easily swapped by the project sponsor to accommodate different locales, languages, and lack of reading skills Undercover UXO originated as a student project to design an educational game for Golden West Humanitarian Foundation, an organization that specializes in UXO removal and education worldwide.

The game is one of the first games created for the OLPC, and our hope is that educational games such as this will help the OLPC program’s mission to bring computing to children throughout the world.

We are seeking additional funding to continue development of this game, including improvements and added features, as well as field testing of educational impact.

The MINDLab is also considering other projects for delivery.

Selected Publications:
Bohil, C.J., & Jeffery, M.J. Undercover UXO. Poster presented at Meaningful Play Conference,
East Lansing, MI October 2008
Team:

  • Dr. Corey Bohil
  • Michael Jeffery

Funding:

AT&T Endowement  

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