Turtles in the Road – science, game design

I read a Channel 8 article about a Clemson, SC college student that did a study who set out to determine how to help box turtles cross the road. The article caught my eye.  I taught a Hanover County academically gifted elementary student years ago.  He would ask his mother to stop the car so he could assist the traveling of box turtles near Beaverdam, VA.

Box turtles are on the decline. The Clemenson student put a realistic rubber turtle in the middle of a busy road near his campus. This student understands clearly why box turtles are in decline since within one hour he witnessed seven drivers swerve and deliberately ran over the plastic critter. “Several more apparently tried to hit it but missed.”

This student wants to figure out the best way to get turtles safely across the road and keep the population from dwindling.

Sounds like an interesting game design project for my GHS fine arts students. Any ideas?

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