For the first time, an undergraduate thesis of the College of Education joined the roster of best poster presentations in the 23rd NOMCARRD (Northern Mindanao Consortium for Agriculture Resources Research and Development) Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights (RSRDH) held on August 4-5, 2011 in Cagayan De Oro City.
The research paper entitled “Effectiveness of a Simulation Game in Teaching Photosynthesis” was conceptualized, enhanced, and implemented by BEED Science and Health students Junily Balaba, Ann Marris Jumawan, Rowena Jayme, and Dulce Amor Variacion. Advisor of the study is Prof. Monera A. Salic-Hairulla.
The “Mango Farm” simulation game introduces the concept of photosynthesis to elementary pupils. The point-and-click game allows the player to vary the amount of sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide in the mangoes. The one who achieves the biggest harvest gets a high score.
Though the game was the brainchild of these students, its development was made possible by Ray Venenoso, lecturer of the School of Computer Studies.
A target audience validated the effectiveness of the game, which results indicated a positive shift in the academic performance of elementary pupils.