SteamScavengers: Empower macrophages
Game platforms, such as Roblox or Minecraft, are gaining popularity in education as they facilitate the creation of social and immersive learning experiences. However, the potential of this emerging phenomenon for science communication and supporting trust in science has hardly been considered so far. In cooperation with FAU’s Collaborative Research Centre 1181 (CRC1181) we thus develop several connected 3D mini-games that immerse players in the fascinating world of the immune system, increase their understanding of inflammatory mechanisms, and convey knowledge about the latest research of the CRC1181. Accordingly, in summer semester 2023 we gave students of the lecture “Designing Gamified Systems” the following challenge:
Design a strategy game in Roblox in which the players take over the role of the immune system, make strategic decisions in order to win, and learn how the immune system is using inflammations to eliminate attackers (for instance, bacteria) and set repair mechanisms in motion.
Reference should be made to current research of the SFB, in particular to the publication “Faas et al., 2021, IL-33-induced metabolic reprogramming controls the differentiation of alternatively activated macrophages and the resolution of inflammation, Immunity 54, 2531-2546. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.immuni.2021.09.010” .
Lecture: Designing Gamified Systems
Date: Summer semester 2023