Guest Post: New 'Flood Fighter' Video Game Teaches About Emergency Preparedness

Mary Kay Wagner, Nevada Project WET CoordinatorMary Kay Wagner, Nevada Project WET Coordinator by Mary Kay Wagner, Project WET Nevada Coordinator

In 2017, the Nevada Division of Water Resources (NDWR) embarked on several initiatives aimed at reducing flood risk through education and outreach. One of these initiatives, spearheaded by Nevada’s Silver Jackets program (a state-led interagency team working to reduce the risk of flooding and other natural disasters), includes a fun and educational video computer game that teaches people about emergency planning and different flooding scenarios.

Flood Fighter: Nevada is a new video game developed by the Nevada Division of Water Resources, which also sponsors Project WET in NevadaFlood Fighter: Nevada is a new video game developed by the Nevada Division of Water Resources, which also sponsors Project WET in Nevada Flood Fighter: Nevada engages students in a technology-based engineering project that has real-world relevance. Game play initiates conversation and further inquiry regarding local flood concerns and the management of public and precious resources. Flood risk reduction is not just about “structural” solutions such as building dams and levees. It’s also about employing “non-structural” solutions, such as knowing what types of flood risks are in a community, how to prepare for these risks and how to improve resilience to natural disasters. When teaching about water resources, this innovative video game promotes awareness about the challenges of water management.

Student-gamers are challenged, entertained and educated as game play levels, technical details, graphics, and delivery of flood risk information are well designed and executed. It enriches STEM education, as an interactive tool and is a great supplement to Project WET activities such as "Macroinvertebrate Mayhem" and "Water Quality? Ask the Bugs!".

The Nevada Division of Water Resources Floodplain Management Program plans to use the Flood Fighter: Nevada video game as an outreach tool for ages 10 and up.

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