The Earth Arcade

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The Earth Arcade is the way we share our research. Our bread and butter are exhibits at public events, including science festivals, where we try to go beyond the traditional tabletop demonstrations to create exciting and innovative themed spaces. Within the spaces we create we showcase activities from The SeriousGeoGames Lab and other demonstrations produced by members of the Energy and Environment Institute.

The name itself is meant to evoke an environmental ethos and also the sense of fun of a video game arcade. It is also a play on Arcadia, a mythical utopia were humanity and nature live together sustainably and in union. Through the Earth Arcade we aim to inspire people to take positive action for our environment by seeking to build a better future, rather than just to avoid a disaster.

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The Flash Flood! virtual reality activity exhibited as part of an Earth Arcade exhibit for Manchester Science Festival.

We seek to use knowledge from other fields to help build our spaces and improve how we share our messages and research. We worked with Drama and Theatre specialists from the University of Hull’s School of the Arts to create The Forest, a slower and more mindful form of engagement that is deliberately at odds with the ‘crash-bang’ excitement of traditional science festivals – found out more here.

IMAG2343.jpgWorking with colleagues from University of Hull Drama we created our ‘Forest’ themed space for Hull’s Freedom Festival in 2019, featuring an interactive 360 degree forest soundscape. We have used versions of this space at further events.

The Earth Arcade is well equipped for exhibits, including several suites of virtual reality kit, iPads and stands, mini picket fencing, den building kit, banners and branding, and an expanding library of environmental-themed books.

Earth Arcade exhibits are crewed by volunteers, drawn from researchers at the University of Hull, who are more than willing to talk to you about their own research. We take child protection and safeguarding extremely seriously, all our volunteers have clear DBS checks and have undergone safeguarding training. Please contact us at seriousgeogames@hull.ac.uk if you would like us to exhibit at your event, however please bear in mind that we rely on volunteers so contributions towards our expenses would be welcomed.

In 2020 we ran the first Earth Arcade Academy to help researchers in the Energy and Environment Institute design, develop, and deliver their own activities to share their own research. You can found out more here.

The vision for the Earth Arcade is to one day produce our own games, activities, and resources made available for all to use.