Thursday, December 10, 2009

Teen video gamers acquire immunity

More and more educators are working with game developers and scientists to create new interactive experiences for students in the classroom. Teachers trying to get kids interested in microbiology or space technology find that video games can be valuable tools.

Game developer Escape Hatch Entertainment is associated with the Federation of American Scientists. Escape Hatch developers created "Immune Attack" to take 7th through 12th graders into the microscopic world of immune system proteins and cells.

The goal of the game is to save a patient suffering from a bacterial infection. Along the way, players gain an understanding of cellular biology and molecular science.

Researchers reviewing student data say that kids who played the "Immune Attack" show that they're picking up much more than just vocabulary.

Meanwhile, according to Reuters, serious games developer ARA/Virtual Heroes will soon release a free downloadable prototype game called "MoonBase Alpha," which has been designed in conjunction with NASA engineers and astronauts to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to students across the United States.

2 comments:

Malik said...

My daughter loves immune attack. She's learned a lot about human physiology from playing the game, and it's deepened her interest in medicine. It's a great idea.

Deb S. said...

Malik! It's good to hear from you. I especially appreciate hearing from a parent whose child learns a lot from Immune Attack.