Science on Tap: Digital Gaming and Science Education: An Innovative Partnership in a Digital Era

July 10, 2017
6:00 p.m.
National Mechanics
22 South Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Kindle your enthusiasm for science, and meet new people at Science on Tap, a monthly science café.

The Mütter Museum presents “Digital Gaming and Science Education: An Innovative Partnership in a Digital Era.”

Mobile games or “apps” are a permanent fixture within the daily lives of digital natives. However, they also provide a promising medium for learning of complex content such as concepts in biomedical sciences. Carla Brown, a postdoctoral fellow at Drexel University College of Medicine, is researching the use of digital games for science education. After completing her PhD in microbiology at the University of Glasgow, Brown began investigating the use of mobile games for educating students about antibiotic resistance. This work inspired her to launch the science-game company Game Dr., and to date, she has designed five educational games that cover different concepts in microbiology. In this exciting and enlightening talk Brown will discuss the potential for digital games in science education, explore the creative partnerships required for this process, and touch upon her current research at Drexel University.

About the Presenter

Carla Brown is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Drexel University College of Medicine. She received her PhD in microbiology at University of Glasgow, Scotland. Her research focused on the development of novel protein antibiotics from gut bacteria to treat chronic bacteria-associated conditions including Crohn’s disease. However, while working on her PhD, she identified a need for alternative resources to teach about antibiotic resistance and so designed a digital gaming app, Bacteria Combat. Through this project Brown gained unique skills in scientific game design and went on to launch a game production company in Scotland called Game Dr. Her research at Drexel College of Medicine focuses on the development of digital games for higher biomedical science education, including the casual mobile game, CD4 Hunter.