Creative students ahead of the game with app

The design team and Cllr Kirk Phillips, chairman of the West of Waterlooville Arts Advisory Panel
The design team and Cllr Kirk Phillips, chairman of the West of Waterlooville Arts Advisory Panel
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THREE gaming apps have been created by talented pupils to shed light on the heritage of a town.

Students from Cowplain Community School have been studying the West of Waterlooville major development area, where 3,000 homes are being built. Around 30 pupils researched the area’s history.

Using this information, nine pupils devised gaming apps which are now available on Google Play to download on any Android device.

VIRTUALWOW, LIGHTUPWOW and WOWQUIZ are individual games which look at the history of the area before the current housing developments, as well as the growth of the developments themselves.

Year 9 pupil Kieran Ralph said: ‘We started the grand project by searching for geo-caches and planting some on the Waterlooville development site for others to find. We then researched the history and growth of Waterlooville.

‘Jamie Whitworth a professional game designer, came and told us about game design and career opportunities. We then started the challenge of making our own apps.

‘Finally we finished our apps and had learnt skills such as communication and coding.’

The Placemarker project was managed by the Hampshire Museums and Galleries Trust and largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.