The Department of Science and Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NCRP) has unveiled a groundbreaking game application titled “Siargao Flora & Fauna Puzzle,” aiming to foster environmental awareness among young learners. Developed to showcase Siargao Island’s rich biodiversity, the offline game takes a cue from popular mobile games like Candy Crush but brings a unique twist by introducing players to diverse animal species on specific levels.
“Let us explore Siargao Island through this game app, especially for our children, and learn more about the types of plants and animals that continue to thrive in Siargao’s rich biodiversity,” Representative Francisco Jose Matugas II of Surigao del Norte 1st Congressional District endorsed the NCRP game application to parents and children.
Furthermore, Cong. Matugas emphasized that the game is a fun, safe, and educational tool for children to explore Siargao Island’s natural wonders. The game has an engaging feature called “Siargao Journal,” which offers layers of insights into the island’s habitat and unique species’ behaviors, like the Mindanao Flying Tree, Paka Gadikit, and Platymantis Paka.
The NCRP-funded project signifies a commendable collaboration between science and technology, education, and environmental conservation. Much of the valuable data used for the game’s development involved Dr. Cecilia Banag-Moran leading a team of environmental researchers, conducting an extensive survey of the Mangrove Forest in Del Carmen, Siargao Island.
The success of the Siargao Flora & Fauna Puzzle is not just a triumph for gaming enthusiasts but also underscores the positive impact of DOST-NCRP’s initiatives in promoting basic research nationwide. It represents a commendable collaboration between science and technology, education, and environmental conservation. As local leaders and members of the lower house increasingly recognize the value of evidence-based research studies, the app sets a benchmark for integrating technology and education to raise ecological awareness.
The Siargao Flora & Fauna Puzzle can be downloaded via Google Play and iOS.
Looking ahead, the 2024 Annual Scientific Conference and the 91st NRCP General Assembly scheduled for March 12, 2024, at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) will bring together researchers, scientists, engineers, policymakers, scholars, academicians, entrepreneurs, technology enthusiasts, and government officials. Check out the DOST-NRCP Facebook page for more information.