Bad Snakes

Cartoon image of a green snake with a forked red tongue looking left
Team Name: 
Bad Snakes

Board game for upper primary children to explore:

  • trends¬†in reportable crime rates over time (snakes)
  • improvements in SASP targets (ladders)¬†

By playing the game, children (and their parents) can see that

  • crime rates are trending down not up and they should not be fearful of the community they live in
  • progress is being made towards SASP targets which is good for the state

A Perl script was written to generate a SVG file for laser cutting a snakes and ladders board on wood. Spreadsheets were used to manipulate the input data to make game cards. In the game when a player reachers the foot of the ladder or the mouth of the snake they pick up a card and read it. They then throw the dice again to pick a year to play for. If it was a bad year they need to throw 6 to escape or advance, if it is a good year just don't throw one. Intermediate years have intermediate difficulty.

Team Prize Details: 
North Adelaide Primary School
Used Datasets: 
Dataset Name: 
Crime Mapper 2009-2013
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Attorney-General's Department
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Government of South Australia
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Statewide crime figures by offence to construct data points for 2009, 2000, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 on game cards
Dataset Name: 
Crime Mapper Historical Data
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Attorney-General's Department
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Government of South Australia
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Statewide crime figures by offence to construct data points for 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 on game cards
Dataset Name: 
SASP Target 37 - Exports
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Government of South Australia
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Goods-FOB Value to construct data points for 1998-1999 through 2013-2014 on game cards
Dataset Name: 
SASP Target 3 - Cultural Vibrancy
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Government of South Australia
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Bienniel attendance at arts activities (millions) periods ending 2004 through 2014 to construct data points on game cards
Event Location: 
Adelaide