Students from Achill Sound N.S were the top winners at the 2022 Trócaire Game Changers competition with their innovative boardgame “Roll and Catch”, which was inspired by the Achill coastline.
“Roll and Catch” is a board game where students roll the dice and land on either a question card, or a “go fishing” card. The question card asks questions about the ocean, and if you get the question right, you move forward. The “go fishing” card allows you to collect fish, while also showcasing the potential threats of climate change to our oceans.
Cara O’Malley (12), who is one of 10 pupils at the winning school said; “We have lots of beaches where we live so we wanted to do something to protect them. For all we know by 2029 there will be no icecaps left. We had a great laugh making the game and learned a lot too.”
Their teacher, Pauline Gallagher said she knew the students would do well at Trócaire’s Game Changers competition as the students are very creative.
“It has been hugely beneficial to the students and the programme covers a lot of the curriculum from art, science, geography and SPHG,” Pauline said.
Now in its 4th year, Trócaire Game Changers is an annual competition run by Trocaire’s Development Education team. The programme invited students to create a development education game that focuses on one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
212 games were entered into the competition with 28 shortlisted from each of the three categories – Primary, Post-Primary, or Youth – for the final showcase. The games are a mix of board games, digital games and some traditional games like Twister and ring toss.