2021 AMI Online Salon

Pathogen vs. Immune System

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Olivia De Kok
  • Other Contributors: Hannah Montague, Yilin Li
  • Client:University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Copyright: Olivia De Kok, Hannah Montague, Yilin LI, 2021
  • Medium/software used:Unity, Visual Studio, Autodesk, Adobe Illustrator
  • Final presentation format:Desktop Computer
  • Primary Audience:Middle and High School Students

Project Description

Pathogen vs. Immune System is a serious game intended to introduce middle and high school students to the innate immune system for the first time. This interactive is a tower defense strategy game that allows users to use their mouse to choose immune cells and place them on an interactive map in order to fend off pathogen cells. Students learn about the general working mechanisms of the immune cells and how they protect the body. They also memorize defensive strategies against various types of pathogens through gameplay. To win, the player needs to clear all emerging enemies in a level. If more than 5 enemies reach the end of the path, the player loses the level with the chance to replay. Only winning a level will unlock new levels, maps, and characters. The replayability and gratifying nature of this game lends itself well to introducing this large topic to younger students in a fun way.