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Herd Immunity

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Atsuko Sakai

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Throughout the pandemic, the lack of awareness regarding hygiene, personal protective equipment (PPE), vaccination, and more has been detrimental to global health. Early education is vital to combating this pattern long-term, and the goal of Herd Immunity is to create a board game focusing on common infectious diseases to provide youth with safe practices as demonstrated by scientific literature.

Each player or team will have a game piece designated to them and there will be dice to go around the board. There will be question mark squares with cards in the middle of the board that will include hand-washing, masks, vaccinations, quarantine, etc. Correct answers about specific diseases or general preventative measures will give players immunity points. Each time the player completes a round without getting sick, they will receive immunity points to imitate increased antibody count. Players who run out of points lose and whoever has the most points wins the game.

Especially for students with learning disabilities like ADHD, board games are an effective way to educate through entertainment. Herd Immunity will collaborate with doctors who specialize in primary care and infectious diseases to verify the content, and biomedical engineering students will develop the physical product. The end goal will be to sell the product online or earn funding to provide the board game to both disadvantaged families who are at risk and K-8 schools because families may not support certain safe practices regarding infectious diseases.

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Herd Immunity

Throughout the pandemic, the lack of awareness regarding hygiene, personal protective equipment (PPE), vaccination, and more has been detrimental to global health. Early education is vital to combating this pattern long-term, and the goal of Herd Immunity is to create a board game focusing on common infectious diseases to provide youth with safe practices as demonstrated by scientific literature.

Each player or team will have a game piece designated to them and there will be dice to go around the board. There will be question mark squares with cards in the middle of the board that will include hand-washing, masks, vaccinations, quarantine, etc. Correct answers about specific diseases or general preventative measures will give players immunity points. Each time the player completes a round without getting sick, they will receive immunity points to imitate increased antibody count. Players who run out of points lose and whoever has the most points wins the game.

Especially for students with learning disabilities like ADHD, board games are an effective way to educate through entertainment. Herd Immunity will collaborate with doctors who specialize in primary care and infectious diseases to verify the content, and biomedical engineering students will develop the physical product. The end goal will be to sell the product online or earn funding to provide the board game to both disadvantaged families who are at risk and K-8 schools because families may not support certain safe practices regarding infectious diseases.