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Welcome to Immune Defense

Our new game is a two dimensional strategy game called Immune Defense.  Seven kinds of white bloods cells can be bought and deployed in the never-ending, always-escalating war against 15 viral and bacterial pathogens. Part 1 of Immune Defense to be released February 1, 2013.  Part 2 will be ready for beta testing In June, […]

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Upcoming Event: What Can a Video Game Teach?

Melanie Stegman, yours truly, will be presenting her research on Immune Attack, development of the sequal and all about using game to teach and learn.  April 23, 6PM.  At the FabLab on North Capitol at P.  If you have made a game, bring it with you!  Please Register Here. Video Games can teach science by presenting […]

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NSTA Science Rocks Pictures

What does a scientist look like?  See above. The National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) had a big Science Rocks event at their annual meeting last week.  A few of us lucky scientist types were invited to represent how cool being a scientist can be! Cindy Hasselbring (Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow & Math Teacher) and  […]

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Teachers role in a high tech classroom

Everyone seems to have an opinion about teacher’s role in the classroom of the future.  Some claim that teachers should get out of the way and let kids simply have unfettered access to the internet.  Others imagine a classroom in which teachers curate the vast world of information that is available and facilitate students’ understanding.  [...]

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2011 is the Year of Chemistry

www.moleclues.org is a website where you can learn about the things molecules do… like make us fall in love, for instance. The people behind Moleclues and the Year of Chemistry are The Molecular Frontiers Foundation. Moleclues wants you to know that 2011 is the international YEAR OF CHEMISTRY!  Watch their videos about chemistry, there will [...]

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STEM Video Game Challenge!

STEM Challenge!       This fall the first  National STEM Video Game Challenge invited professional, collegiate, and youth developers to submit prototypes of games to inspire STEM learning for kids pre-k to 4th grade.  The winners will be announced soon.  You can get your students or yourself involved next year! Read about the contest [...]

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Find the fun in immunology

To build appreciation for the science of immunology, we need to find the fun in it. Many thousands of people spend their lives in windowless laboratories, standing day in and day out, barely speaking to their silent lab mates, often working in a 4°C room, or holding their arms up for hours while they conduct [...]

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Students at Shadow Mountain High School, Phoenix, AZ Recommend Immune Attack

Wonder whether your students will like Immune Attack? Wonder whether it is game enough to hold their attention? Well watch this video. And oh, if you work for a AAA video game company you can reach me by email! Thank you to Debbie Kovesdy, her students and the biology teachers who participated in our evaluation. [...]

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Making science video games: Spore and the misrepresentation of science.

A friend said to me, “I am trying to make a video game to create interest in engineering.  Someone told me Spore taught a lot about evolution.  What do you think?” I did play Spore and I was very disappointed.  I was angry, actually, because the things that are so cool about evolution were not [...]

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