Online Game

Create an online video game that is both fun and educational at the same time!

Idea At A Glance

Video games are fun. They challenge you to reach new levels and gain more points by learning new tactics and strategies.

Harness this excitement and create an online game that will encourage people to learn more about hearing health and hearing loss.

The game could come in a variety of different varieties: an interactive board game where players navigate through life while trying to avoid obtaining a hearing loss, an environment where one can practice communication strategies, or traversing a day with mild, moderate or severe hearing loss. 

Social features could encourage players to share progress with friends and family, enticing others to play the game.

Inspiration

EdHeads is an online resource that contains free science and math games that promote critical thinking and learning. The "Crash Scene Investigation" game challenges players to examine evidence and calculate the forces of crashed car. The website also contains games on medical topics, including "Stem Cell Heart Repair" and "Aortic Aneurysm Surgery", providing players with an interactive insight into vascular surgery.

Potential Impact

Well-designed video games have the potential to be powerful teaching tools, especially in the area of health management. One study found that children and teenagers improved their self-management of diabetes after plying a health education video game.

In 2008, researchers found that video games significantly improved treatment adherence and behavioral outcomes in teenagers and young adults who were undergoing cancer therapy.

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