Rainfall Splashing in Puddles

Project Info

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Team Name

Ballarat Hackers

Team Members

4 members with unpublished profiles.

Project Description

Here is the Ballarat Hacker's 2019 GovHack entry titled "Rain Splashing in Puddles".

In this board game, we first start by moving around the board by rolling dice.

As we go through the game, we collect rainfall in our reservoir, while being careful not to use too much rain and running out. We also start building components of the "water cycle", which is an element containing 5 components - a treatment facility, a house, the ocean, a cloud and a hill that collects water into the reservoir.

Once all five components are built, the race is on! Whoever gets to the corner of the board first, and has more than 80Gl of water in their reservoir, wins!

Our four person family team includes Robert (Dad), Alisha (Mum), Daniel (8yrs) and Craig (5yrs).

Data Story

Data informs our story by giving realistic values to the game. We used rainfall data from across the country and reservoir capacity data to get actual values for our game cards and rainfall pattern data. (We then applied some artistic licence to round the values out to make the game easier to play.)

We also read reports to find out ways that water is used, ways it can be saved, and other factors that impact on the water cycle.

Evidence of Work



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Team DataSets

South East Queensland water consumption

Description of Use We used this to fix a "base rate" for our water system in the game. This gave us realistic figures to be based on. From here, we simplified the numbering to make the game easier to play (i.e. whole numbers of Gl instead of exact values of Ml)

Data Set

Request point climate data from 1889 to yesterday - Queensland

Description of Use This was aggregated to be used in the board game as the amount of rain obtained each day. This gives an indication of how much rain falls throughout the year.

Data Set

Challenge Entries

Optimise energy and water resource planning

Optimise energy and water resource planning

Go to Challenge | 32 teams have entered this challenge.

Water – From source to tap.

Ideas to engage upper primary and lower secondary school students (with advantages for community learning) in learning about the water cycle (source to tap). We want them to understand where water comes from (sources), the different types of water (drinking, recycled, classes of water), how and why it is treated (health), how we move it (infrastructure) and how we use it (drinking, cooking, commercially, fires, toilets, sanitation, washing, in the home). The ideas should highlight why water is so important for our survival. Ideas should be fun, interactive and educational. The engagement should be relevant to the Australian School Curriculum, adaptable to water organisations and schools around Australia and sustainable.

Go to Challenge | 19 teams have entered this challenge.

Innovative ways to be efficient with water

Innovative ideas about water efficiency. Climate change means that we will have more unpredictable weather. Some of Australia is in drought and some areas have plenty of water. That changes each year. Water efficiency was a focus around the millennium drought. We want new, innovative and untapped ideas on ways to be efficient with water use. These ideas could include how we use water, how we can save water, how we waste water, how everyone can make a difference in using water wisely, water rules and ideas on saving water for the future.

Go to Challenge | 26 teams have entered this challenge.


How can we protect and preserve our water resources?

Go to Challenge | 22 teams have entered this challenge.

🌟 Communicating Water issues to regularly new residents in Alice Springs

Educating new residents to Alice Springs about current and historical community water initiatives.

Go to Challenge | 9 teams have entered this challenge.