Hexacago Health Academy

May 1st, 2015 - February 29th, 2020 | PROJECT

Hexacago Health Academy (HHA) is a game-based science and health curriculum intervention. HHA engages high school students in learning about and addressing major sexual and reproductive health issues and risk behaviors. A board game, Hexacago, depicting the city of Chicago with an overlay of hexagons is the cornerstone of HHA. Students use the board design games and think critically about public health problems in the city of Chicago. HHA uses game-play, interaction with STEM science and health professionals, and mentoring to create a rich, game-based learning experience for high school students. The object of HHA is to improve academic performance, increase science and health career interest, and improve health behaviors among youth living in Chicago.

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Team Members

Melissa Gilliam, Principal Investigator, University of Chicago
Patrick Jagoda, Contact, University of Chicago


Funding Source: NIH
Funding Program: SEPA
Award Number: R25 OD020243


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Health and medicine
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Games | Simulations | Interactives | Media and Technology