Scales of resistance - in use
Phase Tree of the project is the use of Scales of Resistance, a 4-6 min film, viewable as a 2D standard format, or in 3D/360VR. The film takes viewers on an immersive journey through the story of AMR from a global to a subcellular level, travelling through farms, cities, hospital wards and the human body. This will be used in a number of different ways, in-order to engage as large an audience as possible.
1 - We will run 15 workshops in schools, using the finished film as a starting point for discuss about AMR. 30 VR headsets will allow a class of children complete immersion in this unique VR environment. This experience will underpin discussions between children and scientists about what agency they have to combat AMR. Interactive activities will follow using glo-germ, which fluoresces under ultraviolet light to demonstrate the spread of infection and adhesive balls thrown on to different surfaces to demonstrate how materials can prevent biofilms forming. This combination of immersive experiential viewing, two-way discussion and interactive making will create an informative, inspiring, memorable PE experience. This will engage 900 children.
2 - We will create a theatrical, immersive, interactive installation in which viewers will experience the seven-minute VR/360° film while interacting with scientists. Entering a space dressed to resemble a hospital ward, 15-30 viewers will be met by scientists in white coats, led to a hospital bed or waiting-room chair and strapped into a headset before being immersed in the VR/360° world. On exiting the experience, the ward will be dark except for UV lights showing glo-germ hands tracing across the ward. Discussions with scientists will take the form of two-way mock medical ‘consultations’ in which the viewers will discuss/debate how their behaviour contributes to AMR, and ask questions triggered by the film. We will tour this installation to Manchester Science Festival, Nottingham Festival of and Curiosity, Edinburgh International Science, Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, British Science Festival. This will engage 12,500 people.
3 - A 2D film version will be part of two Training Partnership events, engaging 2,000 secondary school pupils.
4 - The film will be uploaded to https://www.stem.org.uk/resources for use as an educational resource.
There are a number of places in the national curriculum where this would be relevant: Biology key stage 3: "the importance of bacteria in the human digestive system"; Biology key stage 4: "bacteria, viruses and fungi as pathogens in animals and plants" and "reducing and preventing the spread of infectious diseases in animals and plants"; and Science A (AQA) spec 4405 and Biology (AQA) 4401.
5 - The film will be published on a range of platforms including Youtube360°, Facebook360°, Vimeo360° and embedded in relevant websites. It will be viewable in full VR/3D/360° versions for viewing on phones and headsets such as Google Cardboard, Daydream or Samsung gear and a 2D/360° version for viewing on screen. These versions ensure maximum accessibility, with previous films made by the artists reaching audiences of 400,000+.