A Simulation of the Immune System and Virology Designed as a Game
Tell us about your idea
This video shows the AIDS virus infecting cells while the immune cells respond. Students take control of cells on one team to influence the simulation. Clicking on a cell gives the player w-a-s-d control and access to cellular function in the menu below. Further funding would allow us to expand the platform to support full multiplayer so students could play collaboratively to solve challenges . (video, courtesy Educurious)
The original prototype pits the AIDS virus against the immune system. Each cell has functions students learn as they explore ways to influence the simulation.
Teachers are overwhelmed with logistics and remote technology. By creating content in the form of a game-based solution, students become self-directed learners. Teachers can then ask critical questions about the immune system to assess what the students have learned.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
I was brought in as the third-party game developer on a new curriculum project for biology, funded by the Gates Foundation. Prior to that, I had created a very successful action-adventure and multiplayer video game to teach algebra that had reached over 5 million students. During my work with schools, multiplayer jumped out as the most exciting thing kids loved to do. My team and I brought that design influence to the game.
I'm sharing this idea because the original grant only funded the prototype. I think there's huge potential to expand this into 20+ disease levels with a multiplayer to support collaborative teams.