BIOL368/F11:Class Journal Week 6

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Robert W Arnold

  1. I would be interested in playing this game because I enjoy problem solving. Also, it was for a good cause. I think it is awesome to see that gamers were able to figure something out that has stumped some brilliant researchers and scientists for a long time. This certainly gives some credibility to gamers.
  2. Of course. I think interactive learning is one of the best ways to learn material. I believe when you are actively involved with the subject you will learn and retain the most information. In this case, with protein structure, you are able to play a game that helps you understand the basics and then takes you up to the complete levels of protein folding. I think this could be a great tool for students.

Robert W Arnold 19:04, 5 October 2011 (EDT)

Zeb Russo

  • I would be interested in playing the protein structure game simply because I like video games and I like biology and it would be an interesting way to combine my two interests.
  • They probably could help someone learn about protein structure, but I would hope that the tutorial is really good because I feel like the learning curve for this game would be very steep.

Zeb Russo 18:26, 5 October 2011 (EDT)

Samantha M. Hurndon

  • I am not a video game type person, however I think I would really enjoy playing a game that I knew was helping me learn. So yes, I would be very interested in playing this!
  • I think that this would help students learn because as long as instructions were explained well. I like that it starts at a lower level and increases to harder levels. I think students would enjoy playing this game and it could really help to retain information.

Samantha M. Hurndon 19:22, 5 October 2011 (EDT)

Alex A. Cardenas

  • I would very much be interested in playing this game simply because I like games. It is always fun trying to figure something out especially when it is game oriented.
  • I believe that games like this could assist me in learning about protein structure. The only problem that lies in my way is figuring out how to play it which could take a while. In addition to this, I agree with the article in that schools should make games like this to teach math and science are taught in the education system. I feel that with more games like this, many discoveries could be made.

Alex A. Cardenas Alex A. Cardenas 19:18, 5 October 2011 (EDT)

Chris Rhodes

  1. I've played Fold It before and it is deceptively hard. The images are all whimsically drawn and animated and the tutorial guy is fun and nerdy makes you feel like you can actually do it but that happy-go-lucky, fun exterior hides some really intense and complex science and while the challenge is fun, it's not very rewarding to spend hours working out a protein structure and then still have Biochemistry homework to do.
  2. Fold It did definitely helped me better understand protein structure and the chemistry behind it. The whole reason that Fold It exists is because understanding every single aspect that goes into protein folding is extremely difficult and I doubt I'll ever fully understand it, but it did help me learn enough for an undergraduate biochemistry class.

Chris H. Rhodes 18:53, 7 October 2011 (EDT)

Nicolette S. Harmon

  1. I would definitely be interested in playing this game because it would just be mixing things that I enjoy doing together into one. I'm not really a gamer, but I do enjoy puzzles and science so I would be interested in trying this game out.
  2. I think that this game would help when it comes to learning about protein structure because you would see an immediate result to what you are trying to do and you would see why something either worked or why it didn't work. As long as there are instructions and a possible tutorial that gives a person the basics about proteins, then I think it would be a good tool for students.

Nicolette S. Harmon 18:19, 11 October 2011 (EDT)

Isaiah M. Castaneda

  1. I do enjoy playing games from time to time so assuming that I had nothing important do do, I would have an interest in playing his particular game. It sounds fun, mentally stimulating, and has the potential to benefit many communities. You can work in teams or by yourself and you do get a score so there is some nice competition going on as incentive to keep playing and improving. They should get this game going on smart phones and multiple gaming systems as well.
  2. Although the game is apparently made to be easy for those that may be unfamiliar with proteins, Dr. Popovic suggests that the game could easily transform a person into an expert on protein structures and folding. This makes sense since players will have developed an intimate relationship with proteins by working with them so closely. So yes, it probably could assist me in my learning.

Isaiah M. Castaneda 17:55, 8 October 2011 (EDT)