Inspiration

While more and more people are educated regarding the evolving issue of climate change, it is still a pretty broad concept. Some find it difficult to imagine the impact climate change has not only on our planet, but also on our daily lives. We believe a visualizer would be extremely helpful in making people realize the consequences of climate change intuitively. We hope to think of a more creative way to educate people.

What it does

When you first open the website, you will get an idea of what you need to do — complete 10 tasks to help save the polar bear. You can choose a random country to get started with. Once you get to the next page, you will see a cute polar bear on a piece of iceberg. The shape of the iceberg will be the same as the country you just chose — just to add more fun to your experience. You can see your progress of the adventure on the web page. Click on "NEXT" on the right of the web page to advance to the next day of your adventure and complete the next task. Depending on how well you complete the tasks, we will examine how well you know about climate change, and the iceberg will melt by different extents — just to visualize the actual consequence of climate change on our planet. By the end of the adventure, if you are knowledgeable enough about the topic, the piece of iceberg should still be big enough for the polar bear to stand on. Wohay! You succeed in saving the polar bear. This gives people incentives to actually learn about climate change and act in daily lives to help protect the animals and planet.

How we built it

The website is built with HTML, CSS and JavaScript. All icons, images and GIFs are designed and hand drawn by ourselves.

Challenges we ran into

How to design the 10 tasks is a critical component of our project. They need to be designed in a way that is creative, intuitive, and memorable enough for people to actually learn about climate change. We believe that trivia game is an appropriate type of task, but again, how to choose the questions to ask is another challenging part of this project.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We built the website from ground up. We were able to combine front-end and back-end code to present a fully functional website in such a short amount of time. In addition, all images and icons used on our website are designed by ourselves. We are proud that we use our own abilities to create a platform that can educate people regarding a critical environmental problem.

What we learned

We learnt to use JavaScript to get user data, do calculations in the back-end, and then present the result using front-end code.

What's next for Save the Polar Bear

We will think of more varieties of tasks to make the adventure more challenging and fun for the players. Also, besides saving the polar bear on iceberg, we could think of other ways to visualize the impact of climate change. We could also design tasks accordingly based on the environmental situation of the country players select to give people more unique experiences.

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