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USA Science and Engineering Festival!

Friday, November 12th, 2010

At the USA Science and Engineering Expo, we had a great time introducing our “free Video Game” to 4000 people.   While kids of all ages ran into our booth to see for themselves whether Immune Attack was any good or not, parents were happy to hear that our video game is about white blood […]

My school won’t let me download Immune Attack

Friday, November 12th, 2010

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 programs:  the institutional download block.  If […]

September Newsletter

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

You can read the September 2010 Newsletter here. Volume 1.4, September 2010. Technology Enables Tiny Dreams

My Game IQ

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

“Play Smart. Play on mygameIQ.”  mygameIQ is out and I recommend it to all gamers on PC’s. mygameIQ was developed by Pragmatic Solutions, and is a download manager for video games.  A download manager is something that makes it simpler for you to play a bunch of files…  just like iTunes manages all your MP3 […]

Gamestar Mechanic released!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

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 […]

NIAID and Innovative Education Programs

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Immune Attack 2.0 is being developed with funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).  The NIAID funds research in everything from basic viral replication mechanisms to innovative AIDS treatments, from basic To read more about the NIAID and their work, you can download their PDF, or see their website.   Today, […]

The benefits of playing videogames may surprise you.

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

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 […]

August Newsletter

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

View our August Newsletter here. To register for our Newsletter, go to our registration page. And please give us feed back about anything at all at our feedback survey (extremely short). And please!  If you are a teacher, we really really want your feedback!!!  Please answer a few (very few) questions about Immune Attack!  HERE.

Games we’re playing: Epsilon

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

We all know by now that Kongregate is the place to go when you have the need to play some awesome free games.  But I had no idea that I would find a game that would challenge me in so many fun and interesting ways. In Epsilon your goal is to get a ball to […]

Immune Attack in the press.

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Cell Article on Video games 2010 Amy Maxmen wrote an article about Immune Attack for Cell!  Maxmen keeps you up to date about the push from the President and First Lady to make sure we are using video games and all learning technology to their fullest potential.   And then Maxmen summaries what scientists think of […]

Exercise while gaming!

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

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 […]

Interpersonal skills learned in a video game?

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

I believe that video games have the power to teach us many things. Math (See Lure of the Labyrinth, and DimensionM) Biology (MedMyst, CSI: The Experience, Cellcraft and Immune Attack) Ancient History (Discover Babylon) And the many games that teach social awareness and facts about current events at Games for Change. But can a game […]

Cellcraft puts you in the driver seat of a cell

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

So, how do cells avoid viruses? If you wonder, try playing the game CellCraft.  It is a terrific game for middle school students or anyone.   Check it out, give the Cellcraft team some props on their forum, and then tell me what you like about the game. Play Cellcraft here! Immune Attack […]

Mice Needed

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Dear Faithful Blog Readers. I need your help! Immune Attack the video game is best played with a mouse, but many schools have laptops with trackpads. Do you have an old two-button mouse laying around? If you send it to me, I’ll put it to good use! I’ll give it to teachers who are evaluating […]

Want to Design Science Video Games?

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

We need you! FAS Educational Technology Program is collaborating with Muzzy Lane Software to create a series of video games that help middle school students and teachers prepare for middle school science proficiency exams.  The collaboration is intended to draw in teachers, students, game designers and anyone interested to contributing to the design of the […]

Can we grade Video Games?

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

I attended Games for Change 2010 in NYC in May.  I was really excited to meet Bill O’Brien, Senior Advisor for Program Innovation, National Endowment for the Arts.  How about that?  The NEA is interested in Video Games, so they must be art, right? I think of video games as art.  I always have.  Video […]

Get your Newsletter here!

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Hello everyone! Our newsletter will explain our hopes and dreams for Immune Attack, will link you to surveys that are important to us because they let us know what you like and don’t like about Immune Attack.  Our Newsletter will also give you information about educational video games, science games and molecular science happenings in […]

A History of Immune Attack

Monday, December 7th, 2009

2001 The Beginning:  Gathering Evidence. The Federation of American Scientists started gathering research about how technology could be used to transform education in 2001.  Under the guidance of their new president Henry Kelly, the FAS launched the Learning Science and Technology Research and Development Roadmap project, which brought together approximately 100 researchers from the academic, […]

Art Imitating Life Science

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

So, we make a video game intended to teach students Immunology and cell biology.  So we are obviously interested in the many ways that a creative media like video games, graphic design, song writing, story writing, and even music video can be used to present science effectively.  And let is also remember that the process […]

McKinley Technology High School learn to design video games, students become intructors

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Edutopia made another video about McKinley High School. It describes an iTEST funded project directed by Dr Kevin Clark at George Mason University, in which high school and college students are trained as instructors and then assist high school teachers during the school year. The high school classes they help to teach are educational game […]

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