What’s hopping around in your pond?
A free, innovative educational app that teaches children about the lifecycle and habitats of tadpoles has been developed and launched by computer science students from the University of Bristol.
‘TaddyPole’ is an interactive, cross-platform application designed to help teach children all about tadpoles and where they live. The app was created as part of the second year software project engineering unit within the Merchant Venturers School of Engineering and in collaboration with Professor Alan Roberts of the School of Biological Sciences.
The four students, Hal Jones, Bhavish Jogeeah, Matthew Plumeridge and Alex Dalton, from the Department of Computer Science, worked for six months to design, implement and launch the app across mobile devices and on the web.
Dr Dan Schien, Senior Research Associate in the Department of Computer Science and academic lead for the unit, said: “We were very impressed with the level of talent and commitment shown by the students. Working alongside Professor Alan Roberts as their client, the students have shown what can be achieved in such a short period of time. Their game is a fantastic example of how project work can help with the learning of software engineering in an enormously inspiring way.”
The Taddypole game is also featured on a website built as part of a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) research grant awarded to biological scientists, Dr Steve Soffe and Professor Alan Roberts. Tadpoles.org.uk aims to inform a wider audience about tadpole biology, and explain how Bristol’s cutting-edge research on tadpoles can help scientists to understand how nervous systems control movements like swimming.
Taddypole has been launched for iOS, Windows, Android devices and it can also be played via the web. To download or play the game, visit: https://winteriscompiling.uk/taddypole
A video produced by the second year computer science students showcasing the Taddypole game is available at: https://vimeo.com/166583037
The above post is reprinted from materials materials provided by University of Bristol.