What is it all about
Meta!Blast is a 3D action-adventure game that puts you in the pilot's seat of a state of the art BioShip! Shrink down to microscopic size and explore the vivid, dynamic world of a soybean plant cell spinning out of control. Interact with numerous characters, fight off plant pathogens, and discover how important plants are to the survival of the human race.
Everything the in the game is designed with a brilliant learning experience in mind, including its aesthetically pleasing environments that will catch students’ attention and motivate them to explore, a storyline that is practical and believable and will hold the interest of even high school and undergraduate students, as well as gameplay mechanics that are not only educational but also simply fun to participate in.
The goal of Meta!Blast is to provide a medium that lends itself to full comprehension of the cell and metabolic biology. In a 3D video game, players are immersed into a virtual environment that requires them to recognize not only where they are located within the virtual space, but also how the environment reacts to their actions. By presenting the cell as an interactive environment that responds to the player's actions in real-time, students will be encouraged to take a more active interest in what they are being taught, and will gain a better sense of how the cell operates by seeing it function as it would in real life.
In addition, by using a video game as a vehicle to teach, students who typically do not care for science may be taught basic biological concepts simply through play. Meta!Blast will be able to reach students who do not learn well from texts or diagrams - in other words, those who learn best from interactive, first-hand experiences.
Ideas for classes
Home use: A thrilling depiction of how plant cells work for homeschoolers or homework!
Junior high school: Learn about the living parts of the cell and organelles.
High school: Learn about cellular energy transfer with ATP.
Higher education: Refresh your knowledge about cells!
ATP and energy transfer
Next Generation Science Standards
MS-LS1-1 Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.
MS-LS1-2 Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function
MS-LS1-3 Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.
MS-LS1-6 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.
MS-LS1-7 Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism.
|Processor||Minimum 2.0 Ghz Intel i5 or equivalent. Recommended 2.5 Ghz Intel i5 or equivalent|
|Memory||Minimum 2 GB RAM. Recommended 4 GB RAM|
|Graphics||Minimum 512MB video RAM with DirectX 9.0 support. Recommended 1GB video RAM with DirectX 9.0 support or higher|
|Additional Info||Mouse and keyboard needed|
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