Welcome to Fall 2015!

During professional development days, Jamie Cunningham, Heather Seitz, and myself had the opportunity to meet and greet an ever growing population of adventurous faculty seeking information regarding games in the classroom. We are now happy to welcome: Judith Runser with the dental hygiene program, Susan Brown with first aid/CPR, Barry Herron with chemistry, and Marilyn Shopper and Dave Loring with biology. We are thrilled that interest is now crossing the division lines. New items that were discussed in the meeting included:

Project Neuron: http://neuron.illinois.edu

Journal of Chemical Education: ChemKarta: A Card Game for Teaching Functional Groups in Undergraduate Organic Chemistry

Nature July 2015: The Science of Teaching Science

Wonderful turn out and we can’t wait to add more of you to our creative gaming community. Until next time, have a great semester and make it a game!

New Tools

Recently Jamie Cunningham shared a website that she felt would be beneficial to many of us trying to make anatomy interactive. The website is: http://www.somersault1824.com/ I encourage all of you to take a look at this great resource. We will be taking a break for the summer, but we’ll be back to meeting this fall. Have a great break and we’ll talk to you soon!

April G.A.M.E.S. meeting

Hi All,

Once again we will be meeting at Barley’s Brewhaus. The ADDRESS is 11924 W 119th STREET, Overland Park, KS 66213.  The meeting is set for April 22nd at 5pm.  Last meeting we “test drove” Jamie Cunningham’s game Pathogenesis.  This is an incredible game teaching about the relationship between bacterial pathogens and the immune system.  To find out more or to do some “brain storming” about generating activities that YOU can use in your classroom, come see us!  Talk to you soon.  For individual information, please feel free to contact me at: Jmenon2@jccc.edu. Jennifer

March Games Meeting

Today we played Jamie Cunningham’s newly developed game:  Pathogenesis.  While she’s still working out some of the bugs (pun intended), it’s going to be a valuable tool for linking the bacterial pathogen with the immunological response.


Still stymied as to how to begin incorporating activities into your coursework?  Join us April 22nd at Barley’s Brewhaus at 6pm for an Activities Workshop.  You bring us your material and we’ll help you develop it into an engaging activity.

G.A.M.E.S. Meeting

If you’re not part of the JCCC community on D2L, but would like to participate, please join us tomorrow, March 25th, at 5pm at Barley’s Brewhaus. The address is 11924 W 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213. Bring your ideas and be ready to brain storm. See you soon!!


Piktochart – website that lets you create infographics

It is free to start an account on this site and then you have access to thier infograhic-building tools (text styles, backgrounds, icons, etc).  It can be used to create infographics for your students (I was inspired to go look at the site by an instructor who constructed her whole syllabus as an inforgraphic) or you can assign students to create infographics of material they are learning for class.  I am holding a competition in my class; students are to design an infographic covering any topic from the current section.  All infographics that contain accurate information will be posted on D2L for the whole class to use as study aides for the Exam.  Students will also take a survey in which they are allowed to vote on their favorite infographic – winning designes will recieve prizes/ extra credit points/ etc.

October Meeting

For our October meeting we asked everyone to bring resources and ideas for doing active learning in genetics.  Jennifer Menon had a great dart game that incorporated the genetic code.  A link to the product from Ward scientific is below:


picture of genetics game

Other resources that were shared were a bioinformatics activity where students decipher the DNA sequence from a sequencing gel and identify a hemorrhagic fever virus.  A link to that activity is below:


Another great resource has students use a genetic sequence to create a protein from pipe cleaners and beads. The activity is centered around the superbowl to help engage students.  Here is a link to the paper describing the activity:


In addition to these learning activities we also discussed the DNA card game Linkage available from:


And finally an activity that Jamie adapted for her Micro classes in which students form groups and act out the the function of a bacterial operon.   The students evaluate each performance and the winning teams get a point of extra credit to use on a future assignments.  (Worksheets for this activity are uploaded as a separate file.

Thank you to all who attended and please feel free to add any resources that I missed!