Virus Alert in Stayhompton
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About the game
“It’s a beautiful spring day in the town of Stayhompton, population 100. Two of the town’s inhabitants have just returned from vacation—but there’s something they don’t yet know: while away, they were infected with the new YEAN (YEt ANother) virus! They still feel healthy, so they go to town where they can infect other humans. Only after the three-day incubation period do they start feeling sick. At this time, they are taken to the Stayhompton Clinic for treatment and do not go to town anymore. But how many people did they unknowingly infect? Can a large virus outbreak still be prevented?“– The story of Stayhompton
“Virus Alert in Stayhompton” is a freely available board game for young people age 12 and up, developed with scientists from IST Austria, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology and the science education NGO eduB. By simulating the spread of a fictitious virus in a small town, the players learn how the spread of viruses can be contained by limiting contact to others.
The players dive into the role of scientists, who simulate an extreme scenario (game version “Simulation”), or into the role of politicians, who have to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of restrictions on public life (game version “Challenge”).
Teaching very basic concepts from epidemiology, working with data, and critical thinking, “Virus Alert in Stayhompton” is particularly suitable for in-classroom use and in other group settings.
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Downloads for self-printout
- Virus Alert in Stayhompton – complete package
- Game instructions
- Game materials
- Extra data sheets
- Alternative scenarios for the game version “Simulation”
Order (German version only)
Due to high demand, the printed edition of the game (German) is currently out of stock. We are accepting preregistrations and will send you the game when it becomes available again. Alternatively, the game is available as a download.
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“Virus Alert in Stayhompton” was realized with a grant from the Robert-Bosch-Stiftung.