This presentation surveys the current state of games in bioinformatics education.
Text of Serious games for bioinformatics education. ISMB 2014 education workshop
Serious Games for Bioinformatics
The Scripps Research Institute@bgood
is useful for:1.Recruiting • getting their attention
2.Engaging • holding their attention
“We're hopefully going to change the way science is done,
and who it's done by”
Zoran PopovićUniversity of WashingtonFoldit, a game for protein
Foldit players come from many backgrounds
Top 50 players Busn/finance/legal largest group..
Majority have no training in biochemistry
Cooper, Seth, et al. "Predicting protein structures with a multiplayer online game." Nature 466.7307 (2010): 756-760.
Teaching with games“The use of educational games within learning environments raises motivation, increases interest in the subject matter, intensifies information retention, encourages collaboration, and improves problem-solving skills.”
Schneider, Maria Victoria, and Rafael C. Jimenez. "Teaching the fundamentals of biological data integration using classroom games." PLoS computational biology 8.12 (2012)
Quoting: Michael D, Chen S (2006) Serious games: games that educate, train and inform. Boston: Thomson Course Technology.”
Games can be used to teach
Stegman, Melanie. "Immune Attack players perform better on a test of cellular immunology and self confidence than their classmates who play a control video game." Faraday Discuss 169 (2014): 1-20.
High school studentsFirst person shooter gameSignificantly improves understanding of concepts in immunology
Educational gamesGame PurposeThe DAS game Teaching data integration in bioinformatics
(in person, not online)
The Bioinformatics Game
Introducing protein sequence and structure (mobile)
4bases Introduce DNA sequencing (mobile)
MAX5 Introduction to sequence comparisons with BLAST, concepts in distributed computing. High school.
TBG – select a protein
TBG: fly around to hit the next amino acid on your list
4bases (Rostlab, masters thesis)
Click the next base in time as the sequence scrolls by.
Introduces concept of DNA sequencing
Click next base
MAX5Goal: introduce the concepts and purposes of DNA sequence comparisons (BLAST) and distributed computing to high school studentsFirst person game set in 3-d world beset by an influenza pandemic. http://gamestem.com/portfolio/max5-storyline-1/
Perry, Daniel, et al. "Human centered game design for bioinformatics and cyberinfrastructure learning." Proceedings of the Conference on Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment: Gateway to Discovery. ACM, 2013.
Heroic PurposeBiology and medicine provide a heroic purpose – not unlike the more standard purpose of saving the world from aliens.There are great games to be made and great bioinformaticians to be discovered!
Finding educational bioinformatics games
Lists about 95 games related to science57 are tagged with “biology”2 with “computer science”None focus on bioinformatics learning objectives.
FunGoogle define:fun “enjoyment, amusement, or lighthearted pleasure”“Fun” from game design guru Raph Koster
“the act of mastering a problem mentally”“the feedback the brain gives us when we are absorbing patterns for learning purposes”“fun is about learning in a context where there is no pressure, and that is why games matter”