Perfect Plate is a game designed to educate and support children’s learning in primary school years. It is an educational game for children, where they split into teams and race against each other to get the food objects into the correct categories on the plate.
Perfect Plate is a result of my second year Co-Design module with a brief to design a game for school children. Throughout the project we visited breakfast clubs at schools around Dundee to gain insights into the activities they do and to work alongside them in creating a game that would encourage healthy eating and promote physical activity. Working with children was a great change as we always got honest feedback!
The game was inspired by the already existing Food Standards Agency plate (Fig.2) as we wanted to build on their existing knowledge. We found that they could tell us what each colour on the plate represented, but struggled with working out what foods went where. They also had little knowledge of where their food came from. This inspired the barn as we were trying to show them it had to come from the farm before reaching their plate. During our various sessions(Fig. 3) working with the children their understanding visibly improved. We added in fun activities such as hopping, skipping and jumping and it kept the children’s attention throughout. The children’s suggestions for future iterations of the game were great, and without this user testing and co-design process we would have no idea the changes we should have been making and wouldn’t have managed to come up with a well-considered outcome.
This project has been one of my most enjoyable to date. Our team put in a lot of extra legwork, including designing certificates for the children, volunteering to visit another school months after the project (read more here) was finished and designing the invitations (Fig.4) to be sent out to those involved in the project. The exhibition was a huge success with a selection of children coming to play each game as well as people who worked in education.
Our project was such a success in fact, Amber, John, Lynsey, Kyle and I are going to be presenting at the International Enhancement Themes Conference: Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education in Glasgow between the 11-13th June 2013. Our paper has been submitted under Empowering Students. It is a three day event and I feel very privileged to have been given the opportunity to present here. It’s going to be a lot of work to take on alongside our other two modules as we have a paper to write but I think it will be a very worthwhile experience!