Sickle Cell Games in Adobe Flash

New SCOOTER project items!

Well – not exactly newly produced by newly released. The OERs on this page were quite lovely and another of our De Montfort University student contributions to our open education project. In collaboration with Prof. Howell Istance in the Faculty of Technology, we’d often share a final year project student to work on something linking science to technology. In 2011-2012 a technology student – Nick Machon – embarked on the task of producing a game to help bioscience students understand some of the principles of diagnosing sickle cell disease.

Nick Machon Game

Front cover of Nick’s genetic inheritance game.

The coding

Now, I’m not a game designer, but I do use Flash Animation and know how complex the coding is that adds interactivity and control to the game. Nick chose Flash as his platform, ,so, if the games below seem relatively simple, that does no way reflect the complexity behind the scenes!

The design process

Again, not a game technologist, but in reality, the job of producing a game would involve vast multidisciplinary teams – designers, coders, character builders, sound editors etc etc. Nick took all these roles on himself, and maybe not quite polished in some places, he did in fact complete the task in hand!

Cross-disciplinary design

I have worked with many tech students in the past, and quite understandably, their grasp of a scientific concept is the starting point of their game, and many fail at this hurdle. Nick was something else and picked up some very complex genetic principles of dominant and recessive inheritance to produce his game.

So, here are fragments of what Nick produced – I thought them worthy of release although the final diagnostic game was not completed in time, but he was awarded a good mark for his dissertation in particular reflecting his excellent design process and ability to work in a team.

Here are 3 Flash Animation files (.swf) files. If you can’t see them, well, sorry 🙂  The first two are part of an interactive inheritance game, and the final one part of the diagnostic techniques to identify a number of blood samples. CLICK TO OPEN IN A NEW WINDOW.




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