We’ve had the good fortune to develop various rich media experiences for Life Education, a fantastic organisation that has been empowering young people to make safer and healthier choices since 1979. Their programs reach and engage more than 700,000 Australian school students each year.
Our initial engagement involved designing five highly interactive health modules for junior primary students – tackling subjects such as hygiene, nutrition, personal safety, physical activity, body systems, friendship and personal relationships. The story-driven modules had to be delivered in numerous different contexts – including mobile learning centres, school classrooms, online and at home.
The project involved the creation of more than 160 pieces of original content in the space of seven months – working across 3D animation, video, interactive digital and print, and meeting a range of very specific technical requirements. It also allowed us to really experiment with the “fourth wall” in digital media, and interaction between digital and physical spaces. For example, in one activity designed for the live sessions, students are able to uncover a hidden object (a set of lungs) on a large screen by running faster and faster on the spot. Linking the students’ physical and emotional feelings (generated by running on the spot) with the learning content on the screen (body systems), has proven to be a highly immersive, engaging and effective learning experience.