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Undercover UXO: Saving Lives with Educational XO Laptop Games

In Cambodia, where last year nearly 250 people - one-third of them children - were killed or injured by mines and unexploded bombs, educating the next generation on how to avoid the detritus of war is vital.

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That's where Undercover UXO, a new game for the XO laptop, can help. With a $77,788 grant from the U.S. State Department and in collaboration with Golden West Humanitarian Foundation, Corey Bohil is developing Undercover UXO to teach children in war-torn countries to spot and avoid the warning signs of land mines and other unexploded ordnance (UXO)

Undercover UXO is what software developers call a "serious" game - one that is designed to educate. The children are having fun while learning how to recognize the danger signs for land mines and bombs in a typically Cambodian landscape.

The current prototype of the game was developed as a student project in a Collaborative Game Design course and goal of the current funded project is to revise and improve the functionality and reliability of the game for worldwide distribution.