Welcome to Go Viral! Here, you will learn to simulate and create your own video games about how a virus spreads, and what we can do to reduce the chance of infection.

But first, let's take a quick look at what we can do to reduce the spread of viruses.

To simulate how viruses spread, we'll be using the online program Scratch (https://scratch.mit.edu/). To get a quick idea of what you can do with Scratch, watch the below video.

Are you ready to Go Viral? Then let's start Level 1.


8/10/1010 We had a great time in the Bio-Med Tech-Girls virtual camp (https://www.tech-girls.org/bio-med.html ), which featured Go Viral. See the presentations the girls made here: https://www.tech-girls.org/bmtg20.html . Their Go Viral projects are here: https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/27308623/ .

4/30/2020 The 7th annual Bio-Med Tech-Girls is going online! This program is a collaboration between the UVA Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), St. Anne's-Belfield School and Charlottesville Women in Tech. This year the week will be filled with guest speakers, hands-on activities and a design challenge focused on the Go Viral Project being developed by Dr. Jeff Saucerman and Dr. Shayn Peirce-Cottler from UVA BME. For more information, see: https://www.tech-girls.org/bio-med.html

4/2/2020 Dr. Saucerman discusses Go Viral and Programming Cells on the Once Upon a Tech Morning Meeting podcast. Listen in here: https://www.onceuponatech.com/week-three.html

4/2/2020 Go Viral website is now online!

3/11/2020 Infectious disease simulator now available on Scratch! https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/375763600/


Go Viral is being developed by Dr. Jeff Saucerman and Dr. Shayn Peirce-Cottler at the University of Virginia Department of Biomedical Engineering. Several Scratch users have contributed to Go Viral, including AndrewJCccs and wolfie7.

We'd love to hear how you've used Go Viral! What should we change? What did you like best? What should we add to Go Viral? Please let us know here: feedback form