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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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Association of Medical Illustrators presentation

What follows is my personal history with Medical Illustration.  I was very proud to present my work on Immune Attack and Immune Defense at the 2012 conference of the Association of Medical Illustrators. Click here for my slides: Association of Medical Illustrators presentation, July 28, 2012 I am proud to carry on the tradition of […]

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STEM Video Game Challenge and Teaching Youngsters to Program

Hi.  Do you have a kid at home who is 8?  Or are you a kid who is 8?  Perhaps you are a kid who is 14, or 34.   What would you like to do when you grow up?  Would you like to help the environment, work for major league baseball, or discover something about […]

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Stop reading this post

And go get this free download. www.videogamesandkids.com Parents no longer have an excuse not to know what is up with video games these days.  Parents and teachers can also see what GOOD things video games can do! Seriously, stop reading this and go get the download.  Stop back to discuss it if you’d like, though! […]

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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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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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My school will not let me download Immune Attack

Dear Melanie, Our school has a filter which blocks the Immune Attack download site. Could you perhaps send the game an email attachment? Sincerely, Karl aka, teacher at a K-12 school anywhere in the US Dear Karl, Yes, I am familiar with that arch enemy of educational software progrIt does fit on a CD. You [...]

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Gamestar Mechanic released!

Gamestar Mechanic is now available.  Gamestar Mechanic is a game that you play that teaches you how to design video games.   Designed for 4th – 9th grade students, and intended to teach systems thinking, iterative design and collaborative skills, Gamestar Mechanic is lots of fun.  You can check it out on their website, or [...]

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Benefits of Playing Video Games

Here is a current article that talks about the different benefits of playing video games. The Office of Naval Research posted an article about its program officer Dr. Ray Perez and his research discussing the benefits of playing video games. If you’re interested in the subject I found a great paper from 2005 about Learning [...]

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Exercise while gaming!

Paul Ballas, OD, of our own Science Advisory Group, wrote an excellent opinion piece for Wired. Paul thinks that video games that require us to be more active might help us actually become more active.  People exercise more when they can do something fun for exercise, he writes.  Paul suggests that if we rated video [...]

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