The urban design premise of PoughkeepsieGo is based on fun as a pedagogical concept. By speaking the language of children through gaming to engage and educate about what’s on their plate, we hope to start a food cultural revolution against current junk food habits. The proposal appropriates the vernacular of play in order to instill a critical consciousness of all food-related processes.
_augmented reality urban gaming curriculum
_design completed 2016
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_free school lunch program
_urban gaming curriculum
_food cultural revolution
_augmented reality gaming
_food education reform
_school facilities upgrade
_augmented reality overlay
Compare to surrounding school districts, Poughkeepsie students are significantly underprivileged. Only Poughkeepsie meets the poverty threshold for CEP(Community Elegibility Provision), a universal free meal program. It is also the district with the highest obesity rates.
The gamescape is structured around bringing different schools within Poughkeepsie City School District together; by sharing a common learning experience and a centralized kitchen. It is a strategy of localization in order to make efficient economies of food production and consumption. As children move through the K-12 public school system, they study the entire food cycle and participate in the processes within.
3,000 School districts qualified for Community Eligibility Provision are encouraged to adapt PoughkeepsieGO's urban gaming strategy into their lunch education curriculum. Starts in Hudson Valley as an initiative, the pedagogical concept of PoughkeepsieGO aims to reshape food culture in United States by inviting 8.5 million students from CEP schools to take roles in the entire food production cycle through competitive gaming.
PoughkeepsieGO represents a start - a beta version - as an open network, welcoming future expansion to community collaborators for a dynamic gaming curriculum.