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ISU introduces soon-to-be released farm video game

By Staff | Sep 1, 2015

AMES – The Iowa State Fair showcases Iowa’s farm industry in big ways, from big machinery and boars to Iowa chops and melons on sticks.

The fair leaves most visitors feeling like they are very much part of Iowa agriculture.

Fairgoers were given a chance to get a more personal farming experience on Aug. 20 and 23 in the Varied Industries Building on the ISF campus.

Demonstrations of C6 BioFarm, a new tablet app sponsored by Iowa State University Extension, CenUSA Bioenergy, and Iowa NSF EPSCoR, was featured on the special guest stage.

The game teaches the values and steps to create products in a manner that is environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable.

“C6 BioFarm is an interactive lesson for young people about the agricultural concepts involved in providing food, fuel, fiber and products,” said Jay Staker, youth development specialist with ISU Extension. “One unique element of the game is that Iowans can relate it to their own communities.”

The game is aimed at students in grades 5-9, and can be played much like FarmVille or similar “legacy” games.

A legacy game is one that can be built upon forever, as users are essentially writing code when they create and maintain new elements.

“The game comes with support materials for teachers interested in incorporating C6 BioFarm into their classroom,” said Staker.

“At the core of C6 BioFarm is the interactive application, which can be downloaded soon on Google Play or the iTunes App Store.”

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