Double National Award for Micheál in Trócaire Game Changers Competition

Castleisland Community College student Micheál O’Shea is a double national winner in the Trócaire Game Changers Competition.

Castleisland Community College student, Micheál O’Shea has once again won a national title by winning the senior category of Trócaire’s Game Changers Competition.

It is a competition for young people who want to change the world and believe that games are a way to do this.

The Ballymacelligott student entered his Climate Conquest board game and won first place nationally and received an Amazon Fire Tablet for his considerable efforts.

Changes Attitides to Climate Change

“He designed an educational board game about climate change with the aim of educating people on the small changes they bring about to help combat climate change,” said teacher Doreen Killington.

“Playing Micheál’s board game people will learn how to adapt their daily routine to reduce their carbon footprint and thus benefit the environment.

Micheal’s Second National Award

“This is the second national award for Micheál as he designed the game in Transition Year and won the Young Social Innovator’s National Title in June 2020.

“The game was also runner up in the senior category of the Kerry Enterprise Awards in March 2020.

“The highly successful Transition Year programme in the school has a strong cross curricular aspect to it – as recommended by the Department of Education.

Learning in an Engaging Way

“The students study the theme of climate change across a range of subjects like geography, business, biology and Gaeilge.

“This in turn helps in cementing a firm grounding in the topic for these leaving certificate subjects.

“The board game will be used as a teaching device in Civic, Social and Political Education and Junior Cycle Geography classes. Students will learn about solutions to climate change in a fun and engaging way.

Comhghairdeachas do Mhicheál! arsa Muinteoir Doreen.

How come the adjudicators at the Kerry Enterprise Awards didn’t see the merits of Micheál’s creation like two similar panels of adjudicators at national level did ?

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