Winter Safety Game: "Grandma's Birthday Blizzard"

Network Literacy October 16, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

The Winter Safety Game: "Grandma's Birthday Blizzard" is a 3D immersive lesson that teaches the basics of winter safety preparedness. This is a seasonal venue open from mid-December through March. When open, you may go there directly by clicking the button below.

If you do not already have a free Second Life account, you will be prompted to create one. The content draws on a variety of Extension and government resources but is based primarily on the booklet "Winter Safety," published by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County, NY, and the Warren County Disaster Preparedness Office. 

About the Game

The Winter Safety Game, located in the virtual world Second Life®, is available to anyone age 16 and up. The game is best experienced with one to three players simultaneously. Orientation for new users is available at the beginning of the Winter Safety Game. Basic information about Second Life is available on the eXtension website at .

The challenge of the Winter Safety Game is to prepare for a winter blizzard and then to travel safely across the mountains to grandmother's 75th birthday party.  Along the way players will encounter a variety of information in context, several hazardous situations, questions to answer, and problems to solve. Collect points by interacting with the content, or by clicking on spinning snowflakes.

With sufficient points at the end of the journey, players win access to the party venue to enjoy dancing, skating, fireworks, and prizes. 

The Winter Safety Game was opened to public beta in October 2012. Full launch was January 8, 2013.

Public feedback is welcome, and may be forwarded to the project coordinator, or by completing the feedback survey.




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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.