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Pages: 1648-1659
Publication year: 2014
ISBN: 978-84-616-8412-0
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 10-12 March, 2014
Location: Valencia, Spain

STOP DISASTERS: SERIOUS GAMES WITH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN RIO DE JANEIRO

This article describes a research on serious games to create awareness about risky situations in children of Rio de Janeiro. In recent years - specially in the summer of 2011 - heavy rains hit the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro, causing floods and landslides that killed hundreds of people and caused economic losses estimated at one billion dollars, which was the largest natural disaster in Brazil's history. This major event triggered a lot of actions based on Hyogo framework to prepare the population for emergencies, and to create a culture to deal with risk situation in children is a very important issue. In this research we invited children from 10 to 13 years, residents of the city of Rio de Janeiro, to use the educational game 'Stop Disasters', which was developed by the UN in order to build a safety culture related to emergency preparedness. To verify if the game really improve the awareness of risky situations, the experiment was conducted with two groups: experimental and control. The experimental group used the Stop Disaster game, while the control group did not. The experimental group answered a questionnaire before playing the game, and after that, answered another one with some of the questions that have been asked previously. They were also able to contribute with opinions they had after playing the game on issues about gameplay, the missions, and game scenarios. The control group answered the same questionnaires, but without the questions about the game.

The results show that serious games are able to develop a variety of key skills to deal of emergency situations in children, and that their use should be improved to create and develop a safety culture for emergencies.
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author = {Soares Rodrigues Silva, V. and Rachman Dargains, A. and Pacheco de Almeida Silva Fel{\'{i}}cio, S. and Roberto de Azevedo Souza, P. and Sampaio, F. and Lage Rebello da Motta, C. and Roberto da Silva Borges, M. and Orlando Gomes, J. and Victor Rodrigues de Carvalho, P.},
title = {STOP DISASTERS: SERIOUS GAMES WITH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN RIO DE JANEIRO},
series = {8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2014 Proceedings},
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month = {10-12 March, 2014},
year = {2014},
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AU - V. Soares Rodrigues Silva AU - A. Rachman Dargains AU - S. Pacheco de Almeida Silva Felício AU - P. Roberto de Azevedo Souza AU - F. Sampaio AU - C. Lage Rebello da Motta AU - M. Roberto da Silva Borges AU - J. Orlando Gomes AU - P. Victor Rodrigues de Carvalho
TI - STOP DISASTERS: SERIOUS GAMES WITH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN RIO DE JANEIRO
SN - 978-84-616-8412-0/2340-1079
PY - 2014
Y1 - 10-12 March, 2014
CI - Valencia, Spain
JO - 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
JA - INTED2014 Proceedings
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V. Soares Rodrigues Silva, A. Rachman Dargains, S. Pacheco de Almeida Silva Felício, P. Roberto de Azevedo Souza, F. Sampaio, C. Lage Rebello da Motta, M. Roberto da Silva Borges, J. Orlando Gomes, P. Victor Rodrigues de Carvalho (2014) STOP DISASTERS: SERIOUS GAMES WITH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN RIO DE JANEIRO, INTED2014 Proceedings, pp. 1648-1659.
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