Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Next: Dance - Dance - Dancing your way to Particle Physics!

When I first read the story a week ago about a West Virginia program where public schools use the game Dance Dance Revolution to fight child obesity, I was very tickled. The concept of adults using a video game for very positive and practical results in children was an idea that made me giddy. Uplifting stories are always better when they have a geeky element to them.

Now, it seems, that the concept is catching on in different directions (via Boing Boing):

At the scripps aquarium near San Diego, they devote half the space to teaching kids about science. In a wing devoted to explaining gene expression they had some stuff about DNA and the coolest thing was this video game that taught you about building blocks of life, then proceeded to a real DDR game where you have to step to the DNA parts being shown on screen.

The best part was when one of the 20 amino acids were built, it would say the name. So you'd see A T T G C and so on... and then it would shout "Cysteine!"
I'm thinking that GATTACA would produce some kind 70's funk/disco step.

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