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This December, the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) with its goal of making science more enjoyable and engaging to kids and to those young at heart, will launch its Science Game App, Siargao Flora and Fauna Puzzle, during the celebration of NRCP 89th founding anniversary.
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Siargao Flora and Fauna Puzzle, an ARAM knowledge product of the Council, is an offline game app about the types of plants and animals in the bounty of Siargao’s biodiversity.  This science game app is a spinoff of the NRCP’s 21 research-based science videos, “Worth More than Gold: Siargao’s Biodiversity” that was launched last 1 September 2022 in Siargao Island in partnership with the LGU of Del Carmen, Siargao headed by Mayor Alfredo Coro II.

 

NRCP invites all kids as well as those young at heart “gamers” to join NRCP’s charming boy Atong and adorable girl Aram in their tour in the dense mangrove of Siargao.  While playing this, gamers will come across amazing trivia and puzzle encyclopedia where they can learn and discover various science concepts and theories about the plants and animals that live and grow well in Siargao’s green zone.

 

This science game app is developed through NRCP’s DOST GIA funded project, Leveraging Basic Research Information Translation for Empowerment in the Regions Program (BRITER), led by NRCP Executive Director, Dr. Marieta Banez Sumagaysay.  With the BRITER project, NRCP is able to translate various basic research results into enjoyable and engaging learning platforms and tools that make the teaching and learning of science and technology easy, enjoyable, and engaging.  The BRITER project is focused on the promotion of research and the enhancement of science culture among the youth across the regions in the Philippines.

Dr. Sumagaysay said that NRCP hopes that the colorful animated characters and the puzzle format would encourage more kids to download and play the game and become aware of the need to conserve the mangroves, and to be appreciative of the amazing plants and animals living in the green and wet mangrove of Siargao.

Siargao Flora and Fauna Puzzle game app and Worth More than Gold: Siargao’s Biodiversity science videos are developed based on the results of NRCP funded research, Assessment, Inventory, and Biological Field Survey of the Flora and Fauna of the Mangrove Forest in Del Carmen, Siargao Island led by Dr. Cecilia I. Banag-Moran, who is a Regular Member of the NRCP Division of Biological Sciences.

Other Members of NRCP Division of Biological Sciences who conducted research on specific types of plants and animals are: Dr. Anna Pauline O. de Guia for Mammals; Ms. Mae Lowe L. Diesmos for Amphibians; Dr. Arvin C. Diesmos for Reptiles; Mr. Perry Buenavente for Insects; Dr. Rosario Rubite for plants; Dr. Mudjekeewis Santos for Marine Fishes; Dr. Juan Carlos T. Gonzalez for Birds; and Ms. Marivene M. Santos for Decapods Crustaceans.  (Jenny Leigh A. Daquioag-Porca, DOST-NRCP)

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