2019 AMI Online Salon

Project Details

  • Company/Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Entrant Name: Shariwa Oke

  • Membership Type: Student Submission

  • Other Contributors:                         

  • Address: Chicago,IL

  • Client: University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Medium/software used: Unity 3D, Pixologic ZBrush, Autodesk 3ds Max, Adobe Illustrator

  • Final presentation format: Virtual Reality Desktop Application

  • Primary Audience: Middle school biology students

Project Description

The anatomy of the cell and cellular processes are fundamental topics that are often difficult to understand for an audience of middle school biology students. One reason is that students try to create 3D mental images of cellular organelles while trying to understand their spatial relationships and cellular processes. Cell Explorer is an interactive virtual reality game built for the HTC Vive that aims to mitigate cognitive overload and evoke wonder by creating an accurate cellular “world.”

The objective of this game is to create a protein by moving through and interacting with the cell’s organelles, encouraging the user to learn spatial relationships. Each organelle is visually stunning and color coded to keep the users’ attention and help information retention. The user physically performs actions that the corresponding cellular components would mechanically perform. This kinetic learning reinforces written information nested in the game and concepts taught in the classroom.