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Immune Defense kickstarter 16 days

posted Jan 9, 2015, 1:02 PM by Graham Johnson   [ updated Jan 15, 2015, 8:10 PM ]
I've worked on many prototypes and have provided consultation on many iterations of Immune Attack and Immune Defense over the years.  The project inventor and leader Melanie Stegman is extremely enthusiastic about teaching complex topics like immunology in a more intuitive manner to a variety of audiences through gaming.  She now has several years of game design and development experience under her belt, but such projects are difficult to fund through traditional government grants.  If you believe that games can aid in student centered learning, please checkout her Kickstarter funding page.

Melanie writes:
We are trying to teach molecular cell biology, and immunology is the story we use to tell it.  We are trying to present the function and some of the context for the happenings at the meso level... our proteins "projections" that are 100x bigger than actual proteins... but we can use Immune Attack to begin to talk about scale, about diffusion, random events, and even fractional occupancy, concentration dependent events, localization of proteins, and specificity of interactions... in addition to molecular mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions.