Water Sampling and Testing Accessibility
Accessibility for educational games and interactives is a work in progress across the industry. We continually seek solutions to make our products fully accessible, and we strive to adhere to established standards for accessibility and usability on each new project. Some of our older products may not be accessible in all areas and have not been optimized for current accessibility recommendations. Here, we offer the content and approach of this game, so that learners are better able to find alternative content and ways of learning.
Describe the contents of the game/app/website
Water is the basis of all life on Earth. Treating and managing water in a sustainable and integrated way helps maintain water quantity and quality for a variety of uses, including agriculture. To help farmers produce food for growing populations, scientists are working on new techniques for water reuse and exploring nontraditional irrigation water sources.
This webpage includes two interactive experiences to help learners understand Water Sampling and Water Testing. The Water Sampling interactive guides the user in selecting optimal sampling locations and practicing standard water sampling procedures. The Water Testing interactive takes the user through standard procedures for preparing the sample for analysis, counting colonies of E. coli bacteria, and data analysis.
The webpage also includes a downloadable, printable coloring book for outreach work with young children.
Approach & Input Device
The modules are text-and image-based. They do not include voiceover. The modules require some clicking and dragging, but don’t require point-and-click precision. In addition, timing is not important.
CONSERVE interactives are browser-based experiences. Many users find it most rewarding to use the mouse or trackpad for navigation. The interactives can also be completed via keyboard navigation using the tab key and spacebar.