Reconstructors: Neuroscience Web Adventures

Reconstructors is a free online game series in which students learn about the health effects of drugs while covering substantial neuroscience content. In each single-player adventure, the student helps solve a drug-related case or problem. Players gather scientific evidence, collect and interpret data, conduct laboratory experiments, and consult with experts to solve the case. They learn how drugs affect the body, especially the nervous system, so they can make wise health choices when encountering drugs of abuse.

The series consists of three independent web adventures:

  • Uncommon Scents: Students investigate a chemical accident and learn about the health effects of exposure to toxic chemicals. They will discover that many common household products contain toxic chemicals, learn how inhaling these products can severely damage the nervous system and other parts of the body, and find ways to protect themselves from exposure to toxic vapors.
  • Nothing to Rave About: Students are asked to uncover why there has been a dramatic increase in the number of teens admitted to the emergency room after partying at a local dance club. During their investigation, they learn how ecstasy and other club drugs act on the nervous system.
  • A Plaguing Problem: Students need to reconstruct lost knowledge about pain relieving drugs. They learn about concepts such as neurotransmission, the neurobiology and history underlying drug addiction, pain management, and analgesia.

The Reconstructors web adventures are divided into 3-5 consecutive episodes, each playable in 30-45 minutes. The games are suitable for middle and high school science students, as well as the general public. Developed by Rice University, Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning.

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