UNM students create game to help end world hunger

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – University of New Mexico students are trying to solve world hunger, and they’re doing it by creating a game.

Dr. Sarita Cargas, the lead faculty in charge of the program, says solving world hunger isn’t a simple task. She hopes the game will help simplify the process and educate at the same time.

The computer game will include fun visuals and facts that will detail climate change predictions, world population predictions and growing crops in different environments around the world. This will help explain the rigorous process in trying to end world hunger.

“To teach students about the complexity of addressing world hunger, so there are no simple solutions and that’s part of teaching critical thinking and higher order thinking,” said Dr. Cargas.

The effort comes after the U.S. Department of State (DOS) sent out a national request to get students to start working on policy issues. One of those issues — world hunger.

The Diplomacy Lab is comprised of students from the UNM Honors College, focusing on different issues revolving around world hunger.

This year, the students are pinpointing the role of wasting food.

“We envision the game being used in other college classrooms, high school classrooms, that you can have fun trying to save the world, but also learn what the issues are,” said Dr. Cargas.

So far, the Diplomacy Lab doesn’t have a name for the game, but they have thrown out some ideas. ‘Starvation Evasion’ currently tops the list as a possibility.

The class doesn’t yet have a planned release date for the game either.

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