ZSL, Whipsnade and London Zoo App Project
West Herts College Higher Education Computing students are working with ZSL, Whipsnade Zoo and London Zoo to design an app for children, aged 11-16 to help them better understand the causes of climate change enabling them to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Michelle Lindson, a Discovery and Learning Officer from ZSL London Zoo, visited our students to brainstorm and brief them about designing an app with the aim of getting young people to realise that everyone can make an impact to reduce the rate of global warming.
This is a great opportunity for our students, giving them experience at working under pressure for a real client, developing their skills and preparing them for the world of work. Not only will the app benefit students but it will make the Zoo’s teaching sessions more interactive.
Michelle explained how she thought the session went: “It was amazing. I loved that everyone had a range of different skillsets, which hopefully we can bring together to produce an app that’s really cool and functional.”
Rebecca Nash, a student on the HND Video Game Design and Production course, said: “It was a great opportunity to be part of the presentation, and for the delivery to be from someone who is so truly passionate about the topic of climate change. We were presented with a complete picture of how, where and when this app will be used, why it is so important, and what its purpose is.”
Using their design skills, our students will educate other young people about the stages of the greenhouse gas chain so they can understand at what point emissions are released. The creation of the app will benefit many people and hopefully it will make a real difference in the fight against climate change.
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