Built and designed with funding from the National Institutes of Health, “MedMyst” is a new online game from researchers at Rice University that invites students to solve mysteries about infectious diseases. While playing the roles of scientist, historian, and detective, students learn how infectious diseases are spread as they join a team of elite medical minds to determine the cause of a futuristic plague that has left millions dead and is threatening the collapse of civilization. In all, there are three missions for students to explore. For teachers, the site contains a resource page that includes printable worksheets for use in the classroom, as well as a number of useful links for building lesson plans around infectious diseases and other health-related topics.

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