PlayFlu actively engages students in a tag-style game that simulates a flu outbreak and illustrates how fast viruses spread.
The PlayFlu program travels to schools (for FREE), integrating a tag-style game with a lesson plan to teach important lessons about life sciences, social sciences, and public health. In the game, students are assigned a health status on their wearable devices: Healthy, Sick, or Vaccinated. The sick players (chasers) try to infect (tag) healthy players while the vaccinated players try to protect the healthy.
The program is designed as a 50-min lesson plan that includes a series of kinesthetic games and embedded engaging discussions. The activity is driven by the CDC’s FluIQ questions and by real-time data generated from student engagement with the model.
Workshops are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and tailored to the knowledge level of the audience being taught (K-8) at increasing levels of complexity.
Playflu hosts special workshops at Health and Wellness nights during which children and their parents participate in a fun, educational exercise that illustrates the importance of vaccination.
Playflu works to ensure children keep learning during their breaks, hosting instructional activities at science camps.
Playflu engages visitors at Science Museums, hosting a tag-style game that excites and educates kids whether they come on a field trip, with their families, or for special events.
PlayFlu follows the NGSS 3D approach by engaging students in the scientific practice of Modeling and through the use of the Cause and Effect crosscutting concept. Lesson plans are developed at increasing levels of complexity; adjusted for student grade level. For example, at the middle-school level, the program delves more in-depth into the core idea of Structure and Function, focusing on infectious disease and related concepts (e.g., immune system, living things, virus vs. bacteria).
PlayFlu’s interdisciplinary approach also focuses on the social significance of vaccines in providing protection to other community members through herd immunity, the implications of population density, and healthy living habits.