The “Mystery at the lake” program is addressed to 10th, 11th and 12th grade students and takes place at the Bishop’s lake, in collaboration with the Cyprus Center for Environmental Research and Education (CY.C.E.R.E). As part of the program, students are divided in pairs; each pair is provided with a tablet, equipped with a location-aware Augmented Reality (AR) app. During the AR activity students have the opportunity to participate in an environmental, inquiry-based investigation of a problem-based scenario regarding the decline of the mallard duck population at the lake.
During the activity, students assume the role of environmental investigators; this requires them to collect and interpret a set of virtual data and data grounded on the physical environment, in order to develop an evidence-based answer regarding the environmental problem presented. Overall, the goal of this learning environment is to engage students in an explanation-building process about the problem-based case, as well as to expand students’ understanding of scientific concepts related to an aquatic ecosystem, such as eutrophication and bioaccumulation.
The program can accommodate a group of maximum 30 students. The MCL educators provide each group with tablets and guidance throughout the activity, as needed.
Schools are responsible for reserving a date/time for the visit at the Cyprus Center for Environmental Research and Education (CY.C.E.R.E) as well as for students’ transfer to environmental centre.
The program takes the form of a one-day environmental education program (4 hours) and is available only during the Spring and Autumn periods.