It’s on again! Murder under the Microscope (MuM) is an interactive environmental investigation game for school students in Years 5 to 10.
Students work in teams to research and analyse the evidence needed to solve an intriguing ecological mystery in a rich and engaging online environment.
They use the website and their own research to identify the specific environment (crime site), the effects (victim) and the cause (villain).
The crime is presented through an a series of video re-enactments and online simulations. The competition culminates this year with teams submitting a digital story that follows an environmental action in their local area.
Before the game begins teams are provided with resources and activities focusing on the key environmental concepts directly related to the game.
The first part of the game this year consists of a small mystery that provides practice in using the scientific methodology needed to be successful in the main part of the competition.
Long term evaluation of the program has shown MuM provides support for significant improvements in problem-based learning, group and collaborative work and student engagement . It provides support for scientific literacy, understanding environmental issues at local, National and World and 21st Century skill development. [teacher video]
Last year over 22 000 students from across Australia and overseas took part in the investigation.
Registration for this year’s competition Horror in the Harvest is available now. The game starts August 1.
Visit the website for more information: www.microscope.edu.au
Watch the video here