Views From the Shore: Cook’s Voyages Game

In this new online game students undertake scientific and navigational challenges while meeting with Australia’s First People in world-changing encounters. 

Cook’s Voyages Game explores the many achievements and actions undertaken by Cook and his crews across three incredible voyages exploring the Pacific. Importantly, this game adds a perspective ‘from the shore’, from Larila, a proud Pakana woman from Tasmania’s north-east.

In each game players choose their own missions, select their crew and choose the equipment that will allow them to succeed. The game challenges them to keep their ship afloat, their crew alive and the Admiralty happy. It also guides them in exploring a First Nations perspective on Cook’s visit to Australia and gives them the chance to learn some languages from five nations along Australia’s eastern coast.

The game has been designed to meet and enliven the curriculum across a series of content areas and develop a range of skills and enquiry techniques. The experience can build understanding of the historical context in which Cook’s voyages took place, their scientific achievements and the ongoing impact from some of his decisions on modern Australia, and particularly on Australia’s First People.

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Many of these resources and activities have been developed in consultation with NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to ensure that the program meets NSW curriculum outcomes for Stages 3, 4 & 5.