Students: Gabriel Alves da Silva, Patrick Warley Telles da Silva
Advisors: Leonardo Lignani, Eduardo Ogasawara
Biological control is a strategy used to control pests (insects, diseases) for certain environments, such as farmland. It is based on methods for controlling pests using other living beings. However, studies must be conducted before this practice in order to reduce possible side effects. With these concepts in mind, we developed an educational game that enhances the understanding of aspects of the ecology of populations, functions of biological control and specificity of some ecological relationships. This game is called ControlHarvest and uses a simplified scenario of running a farm. The result is a game that tries to introduce concepts related to ecology in a ludic way. The game was evaluated with technical high school students. They found interest about the content covered by the game.