Mozak? What’s up with that?

news3It’s pretty likely if you follow the Center for Game Science here at the University of Washington, you’ve seen some posts lately about our upcoming neuroscience effort, which we have entitled “Mozak” (name may be tweaked slightly before release). Today, we’re offering you a chance to signup before public beta starts.

Why sign up ahead of public beta? Here are some reasons:
* Possible early access! You never know when we’re going to let in some waves to test certain browsers, levels of experience, etc. It could be you in that wave!
* First dibs on preferred usernames
* Shiny perks such as a (very likely) jump start before we open the gates to everyone! This is pretty much getting in on the near ground floor of the next biggest citizen science thing. Or you can just follow the project on Twitter and Facebook and wait for the general public beta unlocking, but signing up ahead of time is really encouraged for fast access and exclusive news.

All brains welcome! No neuroscience experience necessary!

CGS and SPL are at it again!

g_spl_logoThe Seattle Public Library and the Center for Game Science have teamed up once again to bring everyone fun for the summer in an easy and accessible way. If you’ve been missing Riddle Books, or been dying to give our DNA title Nanocrafter a try, be sure to check it out (and some related books) while you’re at the Seattle Public Library this summer! Visitors to select Seattle libraries during summer 2016 will also enjoy interactive workshops given by one of our graduate students working with the Center for Game Science, as they present Dragon Architect!

Happy (observed) birthday, Foldit!

Circle with Foldit GraphicFlashback with us to eight years ago and to a time when a little protein folding game with a big dream was unleashed upon the world. Since then, Foldit has been the subject of dozens of articles, numerous papers and presentations, won awards, and had our early days chronicled in a book. We have also appeared in a nearly countless number of articles and mentioned in other books!

These days, our community is focused on breaking new ground, with great tools like the Ramachandran map and an experimental client with tools for small molecule drug discovery!

With frequent and regular science chats, a steady stream of videos produced by the community, and new puzzles appearing to challenge players regularly, there’s never been a better time to get involved.

Also, we’ll be at Shoreline STEM festival this weekend if you want to say hi!

Discovery Days 2016 Underway

IMG_1012We’re posting this live from our annual Engineering Discovery Days, held here every spring on the beautiful University of Washington main campus. If you haven’t registered already, it’s unfortunately filled to capacity, but if you have registered, we’ll be here until 2pm today and from 10am-2pm tomorrow. We’re right inside the atrium, and cannot wait to meet even more of our community tomorrow!

Additionally, we have a limited amount of Algebra Challenge themed swag packs this year – so if you’re a teacher, after school leader, or youth group organizer – feel free to tell us and we’ll get you one!

CGS to Appear at Weekend Festival

Circle with Foldit GraphicThis weekend, Foldit and Nanocrafter will appear at the annual USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo! It’s free, so if you’re in the Washington DC area, come on over to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, stop on by booth 2934 and say hello!