Humans vs Mosquitoes Website is Up!

We’ve launched a website to make our game Humans vs Mosquitoes more widely available! The game was developed in Fall 2011 by a team of graduate students and faculty at Yale University and Parsons The New School for Design for the Red Cross Red Crescent to use in the field to educate children about dengue risk factors and climate change. This game showcases innovative teaching tools in the field. Playing the game will allow children and policy makers alike to understand and engage on an emotional level with complex and abstract concepts of climate change and dengue transmission. The game was played in Durban and was focused on dengue but we are hoping to expand the game beyond Durban to include other vector-borne diseases like malaria and yellow-fever.

In Durban, Lauren Graham tested the table top version of the game with policy makers. This weekend, the Parsons group and I had a chance to play test the field version of the game with kids aged 8-15 at the Fall 2011 Parsons Playtech Saturday in NYC.  We had tons of kids running around enthusiastically playing the game. The kids had a lot of fun playing the game so much so that a couple of them came back to play the game a second time. One kid even told us that he was going to play the game at home. Success!

Check out our new website, it includes instructions on how to play the game. Play it and let us know how you liked it.

http://humansvsmosquitoes.com/

Shout outs to Clay Ewing for the great web-design!

Design Team

Subject Matter Experts (Yale University)
Sophia Colantonio – Graduate Student, School of Public Health ’12
Kanchan Shrestha – Graduate Student, School of Forestry
Lauren Graham – Graduate Student, School of Forestry ’13
Vanessa Lamers – Graduate Student, School of Public Health / School of Forestry

Game Designers (Parsons The New School of Design)
Lien Tran – Graduate Student, MFA Design & Technology ’12
Clay Ewing – Game Design Faculty, MFA Design & Technology ’10
Mohini Freya Dutta – Graduate Student, MFA Design & Technology ’12
Ben Norskov – Graduate Student, MFA Design & Technology ’12
Eulani Labay – Graduate Student, MFA Transdisciplinary Design ’12