About CarWash Project

Project Name:

CAR WORKSHOPS: A SERIOUS GAME APPROACH TO MANAGING WASTE CONSIDERED HAZARDOUS (CARWASH)

Project Duration: 24 months, end date: 31 December 2016

Co-funded by: ERASMUS + Programme of the European Union

Grant agreement no: 2014--1-ES01-KA202-004483

KA2-2014 – Cooperation and Innovation for Good Practices

 

BACKGROUND

EU waste policy has evolved over the last 30 years through a series of environmental action plans and a framework of legislation that aims to reduce negative environmental and health impacts and create an energy and resource-efficient economy. This has had an impact on all sectors of industry, and especially those that interact with waste and residues that can or are considered hazardous or impact negatively on environment and health. Legislation, norms and regulations in the field of waste management are under constant development and new technologies and knowledge emerge continuously, requiring industry to adapt rapidly to survive. This requires the capacity to detect, understand and apply these developments.

There are sectors which are facing great difficulties to detect, understand and apply these developments, while at the same time generating a considerable amount of hazardous and/or dangerous waste. It concerns sectors with a high concentration of (micro)SMEs which focus on non-knowledge intensive activities. The car or vehicle repair and maintenance sector is a typical example of this, it is one of the branches which face great difficulty to transform or adapt their activities to the current legislative, normative and regulatory developments and the adoption of good environmental practices.

Traditional methods are currently predominant in the sector with respect to training in this field, including for waste management. Traditional training in this sense is understood as attending physically a training course, where a trainer transfers theory, and best practices are merely explained and exposed but not experienced.

CARWASH will provide an answer to this challenge by developing an easy understandable and user-friendly serious game with its support training platform, which will provide the professional (i.e. owners and staff) of the car repair and maintenance sector, with the knowledge, skills and competences to properly understand and apply the legislative, normative and regulative framework concerning management of hazardous and/or dangerous waste, and implement good environmental waste management practices. The serious game and support training platform can be accessed on-line and is prepared for mobile use, allowing for complete customisation with regards to time and place. The playful learning approach through a serious game counteracts many of the inconveniences for the target public as encountered in traditional training.

PROJECT GOAL

CARWASH will develop a serious game, which will allow professionals (i.e. owners and staff) of the sector, through simulation, learn in an interactive and playful way about the management of waste in their companies, and the application of norms and legislation. The supporting platform will allow them interact in fora with other learners; access examples and best practices and even further reading for those interested.

TARGET GROUPS

CARWASH focuses on SMEs and their owners and staff, and provides a customised learning methodology which takes into account the potential of playful learning and serious gaming for staff and learners with low(er) qualifications and a reluctance to traditional type of learning methods.

PROJECT PARTNERS

The Consortium is composed of 6 partners from 6 EU countries. It is a strong mix of profiles which include specific competences and skills in VET; expertise knowledge in the field of waste management and good environmental practices and a representation and profound knowledge of the sector and their realities, combined with an expert profile on serious gaming and gamification of learning.

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