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Games for good: Learning while you play

screenshot from the game Progenitor X

Image from the puzzle-solving game, "Progenitor X", where players learn about the relationships between cells, tissues and organs while trying to survive a zombie invasion. The scientific concepts at the center of the game are part of the core biology science standard taught from middle school to college.

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screenshot from the game citizen science showing two characters

In the game "Citizen Science," created by University of Wisconsin-Madison's Kurt Squire and his team, players help restore Lake Mendota, a real lake in Wisconsin that, in the year 2020, has become polluted. As players explore the landscape, they take water samples, interact with a virtual, simulated watershed and talk with stakeholders (as seen above).

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screenshot from the game progenitor x showing a scientist and text

The scientific content of "Progenitor X" is based on research being conducted at the Morgridge Institute for Research and the Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

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