With collaborators at FoAM Kernow we are developing a Wellcome Trust funded citizen science project (“Viruscraft“) using visual programming, craft, tangible interfaces and games to explore virus host shifts – where a virus jumps from one host species to another. We held a workshop to develop the project in April 2017 (blog here, photos here, prototype development here ) and another in 2018 (blog here). We ran a testing session at the Eden Project’s Invisible Worlds exhibit in January 2019 – full info here. The online version of Viruscraft is available to play here. We plan to exhibit the tangible version of Viruscraft at the University of Exeter’s Science in the Square 2019.
We are also working with TEDEd to produce a video about virus host shifts – more to come soon.