Serious games put to medical use
Recently the team at BBC 2 Big Life Hacks were challenged with helping two young lads who have cystic fibrosis. The condition means that they have to go through a series of daily exercises to help clear their lungs of the sticky mucus that builds up. Getting teenage boys to do anything is generally regarded as being almost impossible so how could they help the family out with the daily routine?
Games of course!
The lead inventor quickly realised that they loved playing on their gaming console and that they were fiercely competitive. They never needed motivating to do this so could they combine the two things and come up with a clever solution.
Harnessing the motivational power of games and adding fun and competition into the mix, the team came up with a brilliant track driving game. The key was getting the boys to blow into their mouth-pieces to clear their lungs and this powered the cars to go faster. A computer was linked up to keep track of who was winning and how this was improving every time they played the game. A fantastic example of games being used to help with a serious medical issue.
See how this serious game can help with food safety training and give your teams the opportunity to use this innovative new app. Players can gain a level 2 food hygiene certificate and the training is ‘CIEH assured’ meaning that the game covers the learning outcomes of the level 2 syllabus, meeting the legal requirement for those working unsupervised.
The game is available to download from your app store or via download to computer.
A game code costs £25 plus VAT.
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