The Blood Typing Game
The Blood Typing educational game and related reading
material are based on the 1930 Nobel Prize in Physiology
or Medicine, which was awarded for the discovery of
human blood groups in 1901. The purpose of this
educational game is to learn the basics about human blood
types and blood typing, as well as understanding one
reason for its importance - to be able to save lives
performing safe blood transfusions. Another purpose is to
offer a game experience that is challenging and fun!
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Video games tend to be a form of communication that is a consumer
friendly language spoken by children and adults alike. Digital
educational games,assessments, and interactive media function as a
bridge technology that converts gaming from a social pastime to a
powerful educational tool.They challenge students with game-
based problem solving, conceptual reasoning, and goal-oriented
decision making skills.They integrate embedded learning, (e.g.,
what the student knows and new information obtained in the
gaming process, into problem solving skillsand real time student
assessments.) This phenomenon is unlike standardized classroom
testing in which student achievement is a pass or fail process. Well-
designed educational games and interactive media integrate
evidence- based learning theory, mimics successful pedagogic
methods, and exploit students’ interest in gaming. Well-designed
educational gaming assessments are interactive, they do not punish
the student, and provides feedback on how to move to the next
level of play. The end results should generate long-term changes in
student performance, educational outcomes, and career choices
which may have not have been explored if not for the intervention
provided by the educational game.
The University of Washington created a game that ended up
solving a key problem to AIDS research. The university's Center
for Game Science tackled the issue of protein folding. In the
human body, proteins perform vital functions, like breaking
down food to power muscles, and can also cause illnesses. The
more we know about the structure of a protein—how its chain
of amino acids are folded—the better equipped we are to
combat diseases and create vaccines.
The game they created, FoldIt, allowed users to modify a
protein structure and gave players a score based on how "good"
of a fold they made. After professional scientists spent about
15 years trying and failing to figure out the structure of an
AIDS-like virus found in monkeys, they put the problem out to
the FoldIt community. Gamers solved the protein in 10 days!
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