New Mobile Game Lets Students Investigate and Solve Global Disease Outbreaks

December 03 18:30 2021
New Mobile Game Lets Students Investigate and Solve Global Disease Outbreaks
New mobile game, Dr. Sara: Disease Detective, offers fun digital learning about epidemiology.

Dr. Spencer Striker, an Associate Professor of Digital Media Design at Northwestern University in Qatar, has released a mobile game that offers a fresh approach to education. Dr. Sara: Disease Detective is a fully interactive digital learning mobile game about epidemiology.

Dr. Sara: Disease Detective is a visual novel mobile game featuring the World’s Greatest Epidemiologist, investigating and solving outbreaks around the globe. Dr. Striker designed and developed the game to get kids interacting and having fun while developing problem-solving skills, logic skills, increasing their scientific vocabulary, and learning more about pandemics. 

Spencer Striker’s new mobile game features Dr. Sara, a brave, brilliant disease detective taking on severe and perplexing outbreaks in hotspots around the world. In this character-driven simulation of Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) detective work, students search for the index case, racing against time to find clues to a cure.

While playing Dr. Sara, students take on the role of Dr. Sara in the character-driven simulation of Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) detective work – investigating and solving outbreaks around the globe.

Dr. Sara is a brave, brilliant disease detective taking on severe and perplexing outbreaks in hotspots around the world, searching for the index case, connecting seemingly disparate dots, confronting fear, both personal and societal-all the while racing against time to find clues to a cure. Like a cross between Lara Croft and Dr. House MD: Dr. Sara is equally at home in the lab, in the field, and on duty in the emergency room.

“Dr. Sara: Disease Detective features high stakes time pressure, compelling characters, narrative design, challenging puzzles, and the natural gameplay dynamics that emerge from network science and contact tracing,” Dr. Striker said. “We hope this new visual novel mobile game will inspire students to develop an interest in science, medical technology and public health.”

Fun, immersive gameplay features include visual novel style interactive dialogue, innovative character design, minigames about social distancing, hidden object investigation, eureka style logic puzzles, collectible scientific vocabulary, game-based learning techniques, cinematics, visual effects, original music, and immersive sound design.

Dr. Sara: Disease Detective has been nominated for Best Educational App at the 2021 Reimagine Education Awards.

Dr. Sara: Disease Detective is available on the Apple Store and Google Play. For more information, visit https://www.spencerstriker.com/work/disease-detective

About Spencer Striker

Spencer Striker, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Digital Media Design at Northwestern Qatar. Striker’s work centers on interaction design, mobile media, digital media and learning, video games, and entrepreneurship. He is the creator of History Adventures, World of Characters—a fully interactive digital learning series that presents a fresh approach to history education—and Dr. Sara: Disease Detective, a mobile game about epidemiology. Striker holds a Ph.D. in Digital Media from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a Master’s in New Media Production from Indiana University at Bloomington, and undergraduate degrees in Radio-TV-Film (B.S.) and History (B.A.) from the University of Texas at Austin.

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