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All of the following are free, though in most instances donations are encouraged.
“As team rookie you have six missions to complete. Each mission represents a part of the process of delivering food aid to an area in crisis. The final mission shows you how food aid can help people rebuild their lives in the years following a disaster.” United Nations World Food Programme. Multiple languages. Teacher resources available.
“FATWORLD is a video game about the politics of nutrition. It explores the relationships between obesity, nutrition, and socioeconomics in the contemporary U.S. The game’s goal is not to tell people what to eat or how to exercise, but to demonstrate the complex, interwoven relationships between nutrition and factors like budgets, the physical world, subsidies, and regulations. Existing approaches to nutrition advocacy fail to communicate the aggregate effect of everyday health practices. It’s one thing to explain that daily exercise and nutrition are important, but people, young and old, have a very hard time wrapping their heads around outcomes five, 10, 50 years away.”
This game teaches immunology in a fun and engaging way that is different from the traditional classroom setting. For example, you can train monocytes to transmigrate out of the blood vessel network and pass into the connective tissue, train the macrophage to follow the chemical trail of C3as leading to the site of infection (the Pseudomonas bacteria), activate receptors to recognize enemies and watch the macrophage eat them.