- Darth Rappers
Added new levels and a background map with an avatar
History’s boring you to tears? Want to play videogames? Don’t want to exercise? Say hello to HistARy, an innovative solution that combines video games, history and exercise!
HistARy is a virtual smartphone game that allows a player to exercise, learn about history, and have fun! This is an app that children, mainly ages 9-13, can play. The game uses a pedometer to track the amount of steps the player is taking. In the level, the player will be given the story of the “Lost Colony of Roanoke” to begin with. They will be able to see their character on the screen as the player is walking. The player moves around in their area looking for colonists. The colonists appear after a certain amount of steps are taken. The colonists will give the player a question about the Lost Colony, and the player can answer it to earn some points. After the quiz, the player will come back to the map to find more colonists. Once they complete all the required steps and earn enough points, a new level will open up with a new story and more chances to earn points.
For future updates, there will be more levels and historical experiences. A player can advance through levels by walking, going through different storylines, and learn about certain aspects of history. There will also be an iOS version, AR (augmented reality), Screen Free play options, and more levels of difficulty in the future. There will also be a place to customize your avatar, a store, and energy points. The player will be able to choose how they want their character to look like. It will show the different types of clothing and facial features the character can have. In the store, the player will be able to buy different pieces of clothing with coins. Coins are earned at the end of each level based on the proficiency of the player. The more exercise the player got and the more they learned, the more coins they can get. During the level, there will be energy points that the player can collect. It will allow the player to continue the level. If the player runs out of energy points they will have to restart.
Our solution has received praise from an animation scientist at Pixar, the CTO of Minecraft, a historian, kids our age, and many more people.
HistARy is made by the Darth Rappers, a First Lego League (FLL) team consisting of 4 members. FIRST® is an organization that inspires young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators by engaging them in exciting programs that build skills to help kids grow. The 2020-2021 season is all about getting people to be more active so the Darth Rappers have innovated this game!
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