Navigation Links
Entertainment Software Association Foundation awards grant to FAS for immune attack

WASHINGTON DC The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) will reach new levels with Immune Attack TM the first biologically accurate immunology video game through a generous grant awarded by the ESA Foundation (ESAF). This bold and fun game is available for download at

"We expect to release the next version of Immune Attack in February 2009," said Melanie Stegman, project manager for the FAS Learning Technologies Program. "We're interested in learning how the game can best serve our audience. We will be evaluating the game with students and teachers to ensure our game is engaging, easy to get started and used widely. ESAF funds will enable us to address these issues. Additionally, we'll release a Spanish language version in late 2009."

The cutting-edge game is designed to teach how the immune system works to defend the body against invading bacteria. Immune Attack is a complement to the learning that happens in the classroom. The visual elements and simulations are critical for grasping the complex interactions of the biological systems. The game allows students to use sights, sounds, and touch to get better acquainted with the immune system.

"We are pleased to help these organizations address such critical social issues," said Michael Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, which represents U.S. computer and video game publishers. "The creativity and commitment of these recipients gives us a glimpse into the countless ways technology, including video games, can be used to improve the quality of life of our young people."

FAS is researching and developing ways to produce complex games and 3-D interactive simulations that will one day revolutionize education and how people learn. These learning games help students and workers learn globally competitive skills in demand by employers.

"FAS provides Immune Attack to teachers and students across the U.S.," said Michelle Lucey-Roper, director of the Learning Technologies Program. "FAS will use this grant to improve the game design for learning and encourage students to consider careers in bioscience, medicine and other health care professions."

FAS's interest in games emerged from research that shows advanced learning technologies, such as video games and computer simulations, can help address one of the nation's most pressing needs -- strengthening education and preparing workers for 21st century jobs.

Immune Attack builds on insights from FAS's Learning Science and Technology Research and Development Roadmap, the FAS report "Harnessing the Power of Video Games for Learning", and the Digital Opportunity Investment Trust (DO IT) -- a proposal to transform learning and training for the 21st century. These recommendations led to the authorization of the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies.

FAS launched the prototype of Immune Attack in May 2008. Immune Attack was created by FAS in collaboration with teams of game developers, instructional designers, immunologists, teachers, and learning scientists including Brown University, the University of Southern California, and Escape Hatch Entertainment.

The ESA Foundation awarded nine different organizations $1 million in grants. The financial awards are intended to support the chosen organizations in developing youth-focused programs for education, health and safety.


Contact: Monica Amarelo
Federation of American Scientists

Related biology news :

1. ID Solutions Achieves Full-Production Delivery and Payment for Fingerprint Processing Software for TWIC
2. Syntermed licenses Emory ERTb software for enhanced cardiac imaging
3. M2SYS Technology Innovative Fingerprint Biometrics Solution Chosen by Harms Software
4. M2SYS Technology Selected by TimeForge to Integrate Fingerprint Software
5. Pfizer inks global license to Genomatix Software and databases
6. Multithreaded supercomputer seeks software for data-intensive computing
7. M2SYS Technology Selected by ZOLL Data Systems to Integrate Fingerprint Software
8. Ohio Law Enforcement Agency Deploys BIO-key(R) Mobile Reporting Software
9. ID Solutions Awarded Full-Production Order for Fingerprint Processing Software for TWIC
10. Software developed by Boston College lab delivers speed and accuracy to genome research
11. Futronic Announces Microsoft Vista and Windows 2008 Server Support for Its Fingerprint Logon Software
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/22/2016)... 2016  The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics ... as one of the fastest-growing trade shows during the ... Bellagio in Las Vegas . ... growth in each of the following categories: net square feet ... of attendees. The 2015 ACMG Annual Meeting was ranked 23 ...
(Date:6/16/2016)... 16, 2016 The global ... to reach USD 1.83 billion by 2024, according ... Inc. Technological proliferation and increasing demand in commercial ... to drive the market growth.      ... The development of advanced multimodal techniques for biometric ...
(Date:6/3/2016)... 2016 Das DOTM ... Nepal hat ein 44 Millionen ... Kennzeichen, einschließlich Personalisierung, Registrierung und IT-Infrastruktur, an ... und Implementierung von Identitätsmanagementlösungen. Zahlreiche renommierte internationale ... teilgenommen, aber Decatur wurde als konformste und ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... Rolf K. ... the faculty of the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School ... entrepreneurship at UNC Kenan-Flagler, with a focus on the school’s international efforts, leading ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016 Epic Sciences unveiled ... cancers susceptible to PARP inhibitors by targeting homologous ... (CTCs). The new test has already been incorporated ... multiple cancer types. Over 230 clinical ... response pathways, including PARP, ATM, ATR, DNA-PK and ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2016 , ... ... is pleased to announce the launch of their brand, UP4™ Probiotics, into Target ... over 35 years, is proud to add Target to its list of well-respected ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Houston Methodist ... the Cy-Fair Sports Association to serve as their ... agreement, Houston Methodist Willowbrook will provide sponsorship support, ... connectivity with association coaches, volunteers, athletes and families. ... the Cy-Fair Sports Association and to bring Houston ...
Breaking Biology Technology: