As the Walking with the Wounded North Pole Team were making their record breaking trek across the arctic ice, children from 48 participating schools were making a similar trek (minus the freezing conditions!)
Education organisation Skillforce worked with Katapult to creat a ‘Virtual Walk to the Pole’ website to engage young people with the Polar expedition. The web based expedition game that was part education, part fun and part fund-raising.
Participating SkillForce teams took part in classroom-led weekly interactive challenges that mimicked the activities and schedule of the actual Polar team through mini games, quizzes, leader boards and physical challenges. It was split into two main phases the ‘Training’ and the ‘Expedition’ and the performance during the training phase had a direct correlation with how well the expedition went.
There were 48 participating schools over 12 weeks and the game comprised a series of weekly challenges. Armed with stepometers, the kids aimed to walk 10,000 steps each per day, tracked against the real expedition. The progress of each school team was tracked and scored as they competed with each other to be the highest scoring team to reach the virtual North Pole.
SkillForce is one the organisations that benefit from the funds raised by Walking with the Wounded. Skill Force is a dynamic education charity that delivers inspiring programmes that increase the numbers of people entering education, employment and training. Their courses help young people earn vocational qualifications, and develop life skills through appropriate and structured activities. Instruction & mentoring is provided mainly by ex-armed forces personnel, who develop a close working relationship with their students and help to instill a culture of respect and mutual support.