Educator Resources for Microbes

Microbes is the first level of Caduceus, a puzzle adventure game from Generation Cures at Children’s Hospital Boston that casts players in the role of young medical apprentices. The game challenges students to isolate a single microorganism and identify a disease marker that is causing a plague in mythical Alterica. The game screen shows a microscopic view of a slide teeming with dozens of colorful amoeba-like microbes that move randomly. Each single-cell microbe can be identified by four attributes: nucleus shape and color, cytoplasm pattern, and cell membrane color. The challenge is to click on matching pairs of microbes. Each click marks the microbe with a special dye. Matched pairs disappear until the disease marker is isolated. This game supports lessons on scientific inquiry and the life sciences.

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