Communications & Media

Students encouraged to go ‘wild’ over books

A new learning initiative launched by the School of Education is encouraging young people to chart a course across the community in pursuit of their next read.

Book Capture is a fun, interactive project which is supported by the University of Tasmania in partnership with the Mathematical Association of Tasmania.

Aimed at 8-14 year olds, the project is modelled on the mystery of a treasure hunt with participants following a series of clues to locate hidden novels.

They’re encouraged to read the book, write a review, and then release it back ‘into the wild’ for the next reader.

Associate Professor Tracey Muir said Book Capture had been designed to raise the literacy and numeracy levels of locals.

“The idea behind Book Capture is that the novels are meant to travel, and hopefully all over the world,” Associate Professor Muir said.

“We’re trying to link literacy and numeracy in a way that excites the imagination, engaging participants to read these books and then identify the maths within each story, while exploring the book’s data, such as how far it has travelled.

“The project has been rolling out in schools to encourage students to participate, however Book Capture is open to anyone who wants to take part or who might find a book.”  

Book Capture began in October last year with the help of a University Schools Engagement grant.

Three schools have signed up to date, with Exeter Primary School hosting the official launch of the project on Wednesday, 11 April.

Novels that have already been released into the wild include Harry Potter novels, The Hunger Games series, Goosebumps and short stories by Paul Jennings, Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton and John Marsden.

“Currently books can be found in locations across Launceston and even interstate, however, we’re hoping that by widening the program to involve more schools, the initiative will really take off,” Dr Muir said.

Participants can visit the Book Capture website to register a new book or release one that has been found, with an interactive map helping users pinpoint their last-known whereabouts.

There are close to 70 books currently released into the wild, and donations are being accepted at the University’s Newnham and Sandy Bay campuses via the signed box within the School of Education.  

Further information can be found on the Book Capture website.

Published on: 13 Apr 2018 9:21am