Name of the game: Air Cannon Dodge Battle
Summary: Players are required to design, make and fight with air cannons.
Review/Feedback: The hands-on nature of building an air cannon from scratch, with the effectiveness of the design benefitting the player in the game, is a great introduction to engineering design principles. The active nature of the game is a fun and engaging way to present science to a younger audience. The game may become dangerous, and it is difficult to judge if someone has been hit without a smoke machine included. This submission scored points for Educational Value, Creativity/Innovation, and Fun!
Submission #3 – Winner!
Name of the game: Ferrous Gate (New name since submission: Cooperativity)
Summary: In this game, the player controls a haemoglobin molecule, moving around to bind oxygen molecules and demonstrating the biochemical concept of “Cooperativity” in the process
Review/Feedback: This game has a great potential to help teach concepts in biochemistry through the game mechanics by providing a fun and engaging way to reinforce ideas previously taught in a lecture format. This game could easily run alongside a lecture series, with the lecturer asking students to play the game a couple of times per lecture to break up the content. Over time, more biochemistry concepts may need to be included in the game to make sure it’s not one-dimensional. This submission scored points for Educational Value, Creativity/Innovation, Fun, and Visual Appeal.
Since submitting his game to our challenge, the creator of the winning game, Ben Peters, has actually created an app for the game on Google Play. Check it out here! What’s next for his game? He wrote, “A couple of things I am working on include showing the R to T transition and tweaking the numbers a bit to get more binding and releasing.” You can give him feedback on our Slack channel!
Thank you to everyone who took part in this challenge! Come be a part of the next one! Each month, Lifeology hosts a different SciComm challenge. This month, we are challenging you to create a science meme. Learn more about the challenge here.