The Issue

Water pollution occurs when harmful substances - often chemicals or microorganisms contaminate a stream, lake, river, ocean, or other body of water, degrading water quality and rendering it toxic to humans and the environment

Earth’s bodies of water and waterways are heavily polluted. Around 70% of industrial waste is dumped into our waters. Sewage pollution leads to the degradation and contamination of resources can seep into groundwater, elevating nitrates and other pollutants that may be harmful to human health. Sewage in our water not only affect us but the animals (ex: Heavy metals build up in fish tissues as the fish consume plankton, algae, and smaller prey containing the metal.) This process is called biomagnification.

Our solution

We hope to bring awareness to this issue and help educate people on the effects water pollution has on the world and its ecosystems and show how our actions are affecting wildlife by providing a fun and interactive way for people to learn more about this topic. We hope that users will think twice about what they dump into body’s of water and realize that their actions have consequences even if they themselves are not directly affected

We’ve created a game that promotes awareness on water pollution in a fun and educative way. The goal of our game is to take out the trash from the flowing river without clicking on the fish and also to bring awareness to an important global issue that is getting out of hand. We also hope to promote other environmental causes to use our platform as a way to spread awareness.

Inspiration

During the pandemic, many children were focused on playing games. We decided to create a game that could educate children about the environment since they are always staying at home and may not get opportunities to go outside to see the negative impacts that garbage can have when thrown in rivers.

What it does

Users have to score 15 points in order to win the game. They have to click on the garbage coming by in the river. Clicking on plastic bags will help them get 5 points while clicking on water bottles will get them 2 points. However, if they miss clicking on the garbage, they will lose one life. Players will also lose one life if they click on the fish.

How we built it

We built it using python turtle in replit.

Challenges we ran into

We ran into challenges on trying to make the images move when it is clicked. We also had challenges of trying resize images as they were sometimes too big and too small to use in the program.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are really proud of the design pages as they look visually appealing, professional, and clean. Overall we are happy with the overall game that we created in 2 days.

What we learned

We learned more about how to add images into replit. Furthermore, we learned how to click on images and make them move once clicked.

What's next for Cleanup Rush

We are thinking of incorporating a timer into the game to help make it more challenging and entertaining.

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