In Immune System Defender, players will see what happens when a breach in skin occurs. The objective is to get rid of bacteria that have gathered in the wound using a range of different immune cells. Players have two missions to complete. In the first, they must command a team of white blood cells called granulocytes to fight against bacteria invading the blood system through a finger wound. In the second mission, they must lead an army of macrophages and dendritic cells to fight the invading bacteria. Immune System Defender is based on the 1908 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, which was awarded to Ilya Mechnikov and Paul Ehrlich for key discoveries about the immune system, including the identification of cells that engulf bacteria and the discovery of how antibodies are formed in the body.
This lesson plan, adaptable for grades 5-12, challenges students to use what they know and explore the immune system by playing a game in which they keep an infection from invading a body. The first mission challenges students to command a team of white blood cells to fight against bacteria invading the blood system. In the second mission, they lead an army of macrophages and dendritic cells to fight invading bacteria. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards. See more »