MycoSynVac aims to provide new types of vaccines and thus new solutions to help tackle a major public health concern: antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance is mainly due to an overuse and misuse of antibiotic. Therefore, dissemination on good practises & scientific knowledge about antibiotics and vaccines is key to help future generation win the battle against resistant bacteria.
For this purpose, we have developed this educational material (see link below) which is intended to help teachers organise an educational activity around those topics. The lesson is addressed to high school students aged 14-16 years old. The whole activity lasts from 2-3 hours. It can be divided in different sessions. Moreover, a video game called: “Battle for Cattle” has been developed by Biofaction and MycoSynVac scientists (freely available online, or download for apple or android devices), which can be an ideal way to catch the attention of student on such an important subject.
Battle for Cattle is a fun new strategy game that puts you in the shoes of a scientist trying to stop the deadly spread of Mycoplasma and antibiotic resistance.
“We made this game to get people of all ages talking about the huge challenge of antibiotic resistance,” says Maria Lluch-Senar, the CRG staff scientist who leads the project. “Players will immediately be thrown into a difficult situation where the antibiotic they have stops treating all types of bacteria, forcing them into the lab to develop new ways of fighting the spread of killer diseases destroying their farm, like vaccinating cows in the first place.” "I’m really proud of the game we’ve built with Biofaction,” she continues. “There aren’t many games that reflect real-life, cutting-edge research in such a colourful and fun way. I have seen first-hand how enthusiastically parents and children play the game together and I hope many more get to enjoy it.”