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Reconstructors: Nothing to Rave About

School years: Year 7–12

Summary: Reconstructors "Nothing to Rave About" is an online narrative game that leads the player to solve drug-related cases by gathering evidence, interpreting data, conducting experiments and consulting with experts over three 45-minute episodes. Players learn about different party drugs so that they can make informed choices about them. As part of the game, players also learn to identify which parts and functions of the brain are affected by stimulants (e.g. crystal methamphetamine 'ice') and distinguish between the physiological effects of stimulants and hallucinogens.

Developers: Rice University Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning, USA.

Costs: Free

Evidence baseBenefits associated with playing have been evaluated in one published study (see below). The benefits have not yet been evaluated in an Australian sample. 

Miller, L., Moreno, J., Willcockson, I., Smith, D., & Mayes, J. (2006). An Online, Interactive Approach to Teaching Neuroscience to Adolescents. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 5, 137-143.

Page last reviewed: Tuesday, 22 October 2019

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