FUN WITH MATHEMATICS: SIR MODEL GAMES
A simple game with important messages about pandemics
to the infection
...contracted the infection
and are now infectious to others
and are now immune
How This Model Works
Depending on a level of difficulty, the game can be played by a group of children or by a group of students.
Age Suitable For This Game
And What About Mathematics In The Game?
This game can be played in several forms. We designed each form based on mathematical skill of players.
This game level is ideal as an extension to school topics on personal hygiene and disease spread prevention. It can also help children to understand why the adults require them to accept certain daily routines and behaviors.
No mathematical skills are required at this game level. This game is designed so that epidemiological outcomes are visible and easily understandable by grouping the players in the playing space so that players can see how the quantities of healthy, infected and immune players change.
How Many Players Can Participate in a Game Session?
What Are The Game Parameters?
probability of disease transmission
number of potentially infected people
duration of illness
- • one for games that will result in a fast growth of infected players (game A)
- • one for games where the spread of disease is slowed down (game B)
Play The Games - Download The Instructions
- For older kindergartners and early elementary school kids.
- Requires at least one moderator/game host (e.g. educator).
- At least five players suggested, while the upper limit is set by the ability of the moderator(s) to handle and engage a larger group of players.
- No mathematical skills required. Epidemiological outcomes are visible and easily understandable by grouping the players in the playing space.
- Same as the basic level except that the game progression is monitored with visualization tools like histogram and graph.
- This level of the game can be used as a great extension to basic arithmetic courses.