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Designers create video game that teaches biology to secondary students

on Wednesday,May 12,2010 15:05

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In an effort to get high school students excited about science, developers from Wake Forest University have designed a video game based on cellular functions.

The game, which is called CellCraft, challenges user to survive by learning the inner workings of cells. Developers created the game in order to introduce a fun and engaging learning method to middle and high school students.

CellCraft was unveiled at the White House this week in the first-ever celebration of National Lab Day. The game was featured in a presentation of emerging methods of teaching science, technology, engineering and math to prospective college students.

National Lab Day is one of the Obama administration's latest efforts to encourage educators, scientists, businesses and organizations to inspire students to work in science-related fields.

"To remain a world player, we must open up a new realm of ideas for our children, one that will inspire them into careers in sciences," said Jed Macosko, a professor at the school who oversaw the development of CellCraft.

The game will be released to middle and high schools across the country this summer for no charge, according to the designers.

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