Get the Kids and Run

Get the Kids and Run

Get the Kids and Run

Over 2016-19, Boho Interactive was commissioned by the Earth Observatory Singapore, a research institution based at Nanyang Technological University, to produce a series of new games exploring natural hazards.

EOS brought Boho to Singapore to build a series of new games about natural disaster crises – volcanic unrest or an approaching typhoon.

Working with EOS scientists and designers Gillian Schwab and Julia Johnson, we created a series of games simulating the period from the first warnings of the disaster, to the event itself. Participants take charge of responding to the crisis, playing as local government, the media, emergency services, members of the community, or even as a volcano itself.

In early 2019, these games have been installed at the Singapore Science Centre, where facilitators present them for groups of secondary school students and the general public.

This work supports the EOS mission to use research on earth systems to foster safer societies. Players gain an appreciation of how earth science can help better inform decisions about keeping people safer in the face of natural hazards.

The Day She Stole The Sun

The Day She Stole The Sun

The Day She Stole The Sun

The students of Cobargo P.S. had a tough start to the year.

When bushfires ripped through Cobargo in the early hours of the morning on New Year’s Eve, some lost houses, others lost family members and all have a story to tell about that day.

Together, along with the help of their teacher Campbell Kerr, Cobargo Public’s Year Five and Six class have told their story – writing and illustrating a book titled ‘The Day She Stole the Sun.’

 

READ THE BOOK

 

 

 

Youth Creating Disaster Recovery and Resilience

Youth Creating Disaster Recovery and Resilience

Youth Creating Disaster Recovery & Resilience (YCDR)

YCDR is a research project for youth affected by disasters. YCDR is connecting with youth in disaster-affected communities in Canada and the United States. They are using art, video, and storytelling to hear directly from youth about what they need, the challenges they have faced, and how they might contribute to helping their friends, families, and communities recover from disasters.

YCDR began with an idea and a belief in the capacity of youth. They saw the important role that youth play in helping communities to heal and recover following a disaster. They wanted to learn from youth about their personal and collective stories of disaster recovery & resilience (e.g. how were they affected, what worked to support their recovery, what didn’t, and what would they do differently) and also provide a platform for youth to share their wisdom, creativity, and inspiration, with other youth and communities affected by and/or recovering from disasters. As researchers they also wanted to highlight and inform how youth can be more involved in community disaster recovery. With that, Youth Creating Disaster Recovery & Resilience was born.

Through our engagement with youth in disaster-affected communities, we continue to be humbled and inspired by their unique stories, insights and creativity. We encourage you to check out their disaster stories.

Together we have so much to learn.

The Heroes of Black Summer

The Heroes of Black Summer

The Heroes of Black Summer

A picture book is playing a role in helping children overcome the ordeals they experienced during the East Gippsland region’s terrifying 2019-20 bushfires. The Heroes of Black Summer picture book tells the stories of the “heroes” who helped protect them and, through this, aims to help children process the trauma without suffering stress, anxiety or depression. Promoting resilience in children, while strengthening their connection with adults in their families as they read, heal and look at the pictures together.

Throughout Victoria, people started ‘paying it forward’ and doing what they could to help others in need. And many heroes emerged. Heroes of Black Summer is a picture book illustrating some of the heroic, brave and kind actions of Australian people during the 2019-20 bushfire season. Each mini story captures a real life experience of the harrowing events from individuals and families living in the East Gippsland region. The book provides fire-affected communities with a tool to manage stress, anxiety and depression to support healing and recovery, and is also a great resource to actively engage with the community to gather and share their stories.

Author: Craig Sheather is a travel and creative writer from Albury in southern New South Wales. He specialises in lifestyle writing about the outdoors, food and wine, luxury, adventure and family travel.

Co-author: Victorian author Kylie Miller has always been a writer, pumping out stories for her parents as a child before embarking on a career as an award-winning journalist and corporate writer.

Illustrator: Karen Erasmus is an artist, illustrator and designer working in a beautiful bayside town near Melbourne, Australia. Her illustrations and designs focus on colour, character and story.

The book was published by Australian Geographic with a One Good Community Wellbeing Grant through Gippsland Primary Health Network.

Birdie’s Tree – Growing Together Through Natural Disasters

Birdie’s Tree – Growing Together Through Natural Disasters

 

Welcome to Birdie’s Tree!

Natural disasters like storms, cyclones, floods or fire can be very frightening and upsetting for babies and young children. Playing a therapeutic game or reading a story with a caring adult can help a young child work through the scary experiences and ‘big feelings’.

 

Birdie’s Tree has been designed to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of babies and young children, their parents and families, in relation to severe weather events and other natural disasters. The resources are helpful in the ‘preparedness’ phase (before a natural disaster happens), during the ‘response’ phase (while an event is happening) and in the ‘recovery’ phase (after an event has occurred).

Birdie’s Tree has been developed by the Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (QCPIMH), Queensland’s statewide hub of expertise in the mental health and emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents, babies and young children. QCPIMH is a Queensland Government service hosted by Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service.

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