Developing a Road Crossing Educational Computer Game for Primary Schools – an innovative collaboration between USW Psychology and USW Computing.

  • Catherine Purcell (Participant)

Impact: Public policy impacts, Social impacts

Description of impact

Funded by The Road Safety Trust, this project will develop a low cost, accessible, evidence-based tool, delivered via iPads and tablet devices (likely to be already available in schools), which can be integrated into their current road safety education programme. It is envisaged that this game, if found to be an effective learning tool, could be rolled out to all schools in the UK at a minimal maintenance cost, and could provide a fun and intuitive way for children to learn how to cross the road, whilst remaining in the classroom. Road safety education for children provides the foundation of their knowledge, understanding and behaviour as adults; therefore, the outcomes of this project could have a direct impact on road safety casualty rates, benefiting children who use the programme in school by encouraging safe road crossing behaviour, with benefits that carry over into their adult lives. Children are overrepresented among pedestrian casualty rates; this game could play its part in reducing the number of child pedestrian road casualties.

How did your research contribute?

Previous research by the lead applicant has also demonstrated that children show a clear preference for educational approaches to road safety that offer a first person viewpoint. As such, this project has brought together a collaboration between staff and students from the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education and the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science, to develop and test a semi-immersive virtual reality game in primary schools in Newport. Children in years 3 and 4 of Newport schools will meet with the game developers to offer their input into the look and feel of the game, thereby ensuring that it suitable for the target audience.

Who is affected?

Children in years 3 and 4 in primary schools across Wales
Impact date1 May 2017
Category of impactPublic policy impacts, Social impacts
Impact levelIn progress