PlayFlu
Learning.  Discovery.  Fun.

PlayFlu actively engages students in a tag-style game that simulates a flu outbreak and illustrates how fast viruses spread.

About

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.

Programs

K-8 Active Learning Workshops

-Playflu travels to schools, integrating a tag-style game with a lesson plan to teach important lessons about life sciences and public health. Workshops last one class period and align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Science Family nights

Playflu hosts special workshops at family nights during which children and their parents participate in a fun, educational exercise that investigates the science behind a flu outbreak.

Health and Wellness Family nights

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.

Science Camps

Playflu works to ensure children keep learning during their breaks, hosting instructional activities at science camps.

Science Museums

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.

Alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards

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.

Test Your Knowledge

Source: CDC.Gov

Our Team

Nirit Glazer, Ph.D.

CEO

Christina York

User Experience

HaiLun Wang

Geographic Information Systems Researcher

Heather Burrows,
MD., Ph.D.

VP Health Education

Ellene Contis, Ph.D.

Chemistry Curriculum

Perry Samson, Ph.D.

Educational Technology

Mark Wilson Ph.D.

Epidemiology content advisor

David Ysmael Bautista

Lead Graphic Designer

Hao Liu

Full Stack Developer

Kevin Linder

Content Developer

Our System

Activity Management

Each classroom is equipped with an activity management server. The server instructs each student individually according to her performance and location.

Wearable Devices

Each wearable device communicates with the activity management server to receive personalized assignments, feedback. Engagement level and success are evaluated for assessment purposes

Instant Analysis

Continuous analysisis being presented via the classroom overhead projector. The projected information includes avatars of students and the activity state.

Big Data

Activity are shared via cloud repository system. Teachers may select activities at any time. Just select, download and run the activity with your students.

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