From NSTA Science News I found an interesting article that appeared in eSchool News about a game released by the Federation of American Scientists called Immune Attack. Wow! That was a long sentence, but it kind of shows my typical journey when I check my Bloglines account. The game targets the generation currently in our classroom with a curriculum-based video game that sounds pretty cool. Below is a description from the eSchool News article.
“Immune Attack” is a three-dimensional game that provides scientifically accurate simulations of the immune system, with imagery designed by medical illustrators. The game features conferencing and auto-tutoring technology meant to personalize the gaming and learning experience with content-rich sessions. It also contains a built-in assessment feature, through which users must answer questions to move on to the next level.
Players navigate a nanobot through 3-D blood vessels and connective tissue in an attempt to save an ailing patient by retraining her non-functional immune cells. The game was designed by immunologists, teachers, and learning scientists from institutions such as Brown University, the University of Southern California, and Escape Hatch Entertainment.
Immune Attack is a Windows-based, game so I’m booting up my Dell to give it a look. While its designed for high school and college-level Biology students I know of at least a few junior high honors students would would love the challenge. When you have a chance take a look at Immune Attack and let me know what you think.