By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki
If you’ve seen the movie Contagion, you’ve witnessed the fast-moving race to identify and contain a deadly virus.
I wanted to let you know about a fun and engaging “serious game” that’s just been added to Curriki (we now boast nearly 45,000 free learning assets!). In STEMware: Zombie Plague, students explore a 3D world where they are responsible for identifying the pathogenic microorganism causing a deadly outbreak, and implementing a cure. Although the symptoms of this fictional disease are “zombieism,” the science content embedded in the software deals with diagnosis, treatment strategies, and career connections that are applicable to any disease caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi.
Get students excited about modern biology, as they interact with game characters and learn about a variety of career pathways and diagnostic technologies used in the real world. There are also embedded assessments, which allow teachers to track student interactions.
This highly-engaging, 3D virtual reality software is courtesy of The Partnership for Biotechnology and Genomics Education (PBGE) from UC Davis. It is downloadable for Windows or Mac OS X and licensed through Creative Commons, allowing for free sharing and installation on multiple machines.
Check it out!