Foldit Creates Young Scientists

IMG_7620 This past weekend, the Center from Game Science was joined by scientists from the Baker Lab to help bring the joy of science (and protein folding) to visitors of all ages at the eighth annual Life Sciences Research Weekend.

Business was brisk at Pacific Science Center with hopeful players peeking over shoulders, or waiting a turn nearby at our protein coloring station featuring six different designs created by Foldit players.

See our collection of pictures from the weekend on our Flickr account or Facebook pages for more weekend snapshots.

We’ll be tucked away working on things during November and working with some local school groups for playtests (so things may be a bit quiet), but if you want to come see the Center for Game Science in person, your next chance will be the CSE Computing Open House early next month. See you there!

 



Nanocrafter and Foldit at Games For Health Europe ’14!

zoranpopovicToday, Center for Game Science Director Zoran Popović spoke at the Games For Health Europe conference. Attendees enjoyed a presentation about crowdsourced science through our premier game Foldit and our new title that debuted in April, synthetic biology rising star Nanocrafter. As a bonus, attendees were treated to a early version of our new Nanocrafter video (debuting soon to a website near you).

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Foldit Reaches 1000 Puzzles, Debuts New Ebola Puzzle

Click me to see more Foldit puzzles! Click me to see more Foldit puzzles!

Explanation_puzzle_1000_bFoldit has reached 1000 puzzles today, thanks to the hard work of our scientists and community. Our scientists have posted a few past puzzles in which we have asked players to design peptides and small proteins that are able to bind to a binding site on the Ebola binding protein.

Read up on Foldit’s continuing commitment to Ebola in this excellent summary post by scientist Vikram Mulligan discussing the current status of research, as well as a spotlight on previous puzzles tackled by the hard-working Foldit community.

Get familiar with Foldit’s 1000th puzzle titled, “Breach Ebola’s Defences!” and join the research efforts today!



Nanocrafter: 2014 Serious Games Showcase & Challenge Finalist!

SGS_Finalist_logo_2014.fwWhat great news to kick off the week with! We have been alerted that Nanocrafter has been selected as a finalist in the 2014 Serious Games Showcase & Challenge (SGS&C). Qualifying as a finalist allows Nanocrafter to be placed at pavilion booth #2663 at the upcoming December Interservice/Industry Training Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Florida.

At the conference, Nanocrafter is now eligible to win the distinction as “2014 Best Serious Game” in the Business category as judged by the SGS&C evaluators, the “2014 Students’ Choice Award” which is determined by middle and high school students, the “2014 Best Game Special Emphasis Topic Social Media Crowdsourcing for Peer Learning Award” which is determined by a special panel, and the coveted “2014 People’s Choice Award” which is determined by conference attendees (so if you happen to be going, be sure to vote for Nanocrafter).

Congratulations, Nanocrafter!