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 Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA), 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.
Teaching basic concepts from epidemiology, working with data, and critical thinking, “Virus Alert in Stayhompton” is not only suitable for use at home, but also for in-classroom use and in other group settings. To empower teachers to use the game productively in their science classroom, we created a special Teacher Edition of the game, with accompanying materials and background information for teachers.
Both the Home Edition and the Teacher Edition are available for self-printout.
The Teacher Edition was created in cooperation with the University College for Teacher Education of Vienna.
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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”
Teacher Edition – updated version March 2022
Order (German version only)
The German version of the game is available in print in two editions: Both as Home Edition and Teacher Edition. Shipment is currently possible only to Austria. Get yours now!
Background information on question cards
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“Virus Alert in Stayhompton” was realized with a grant from the Robert-Bosch-Stiftung.