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.