RAISING AWARENESS THROUGH PLAY
The overuse of antibiotics is creating one of the biggest problems ever faced by humanity – the looming threat that the medicines we use to treat infection and disease may soon stop working.
Over five years, the Longitude Prize is challenging everyone, from amateur scientists to professional researchers, to invent a quick, affordable and easy-to-use test to tell which antibiotics are needed and when. The ultimate goal is to stop the indiscriminate use which is speeding up bacteria’s resistance to these precious drugs.
Games are a great tool for engaging people with science – they can make the complex seem simple, and by their very nature pull in players to construct their own learning experiences.
Nesta, the UK’s innovation charity, commissioned Preloaded to create a game that explored the theme of antibiotic resistance and raised awareness of this key science prize for new audiences.