15 secondary schools in the community of Madrid have joined the network of pilot schools that Xplore Health has throughout Spain, which already has 60 educational centers that put into practice and evaluate the different multimedia resources of the portal. Teachers that are part of this network implement some of the activities suggested in the teaching guides of Xplore Health in their lessons and attend seminars of didactic innovation and a scientific update. On this occasion, the National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN) is the institution that facilitates the network of teachers in Madrid, through an online platform where they share good practices and experiences in the classroom. This initiative has been possible thanks to the collaboration of the Amgen Foundation.
Members of the new network joined it after participating in a course that the MNCN offered on current research on malaria. In this training, teachers learned about different multimedia resources to work on current research in the malaria field, among which we highlight all those that are part of the module of Xplore Health "Towards a malaria-free world". Some examples of them are a videogame to discover the different factors involved in malaria control, videos on current research to eradicate malaria, a virtual experiment to investigate a vaccine and a video on the ethical, legal and social aspects related to the illness, as well as a board game to engage in a dialogue in class.
The course also featured the MalariaSpot citizen science game, a winning initiative awarded by the European Foundations for Responsible Research and Innovation.