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. When played in conjunction with the resources listed below, the experience builds 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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Awards: Winner – MAGNA (Museums and Galleries National Award) for Interpretation, Learning and Audience Engagement
Judges citation – "Excellent co-design and consultation process with First Nations, and effective collaboration with First Nations communities and suppliers. A positive step towards decolonising education and presentation of Cook's invasion."