Cell Defense: The Plasma Membrane
Deals with biology // cells // disease
  Plasma membrane structure and function // roles of phospholipids // transport proteins (carrier and channel) // cholesterol and carbohydrates // types of transport // diffusion // facilitated diffusion // active transport // osmosis
Intended for high school
Available on Web // iOS
Cost free
   
Developed by Brett Baughman (external) (academic developer)
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Cell Defense: The Plasma Membrane

The only barrier between the cell and the dangers of the outside world is the plasma membrane. Defend your cell by building a functional plasma membrane and thwart the evil plans of Dr. Vial to destroy all life on earth! Learn how the membrane works and its parts, including phospholipids, cholesterol, proteins, and carbohydrates. Also, learn about cell transport!

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Expert Reviews
By scientists and teachers
12 / 15
Fun
3 / 5
Learning
4 / 5
Science
5 / 5
Player Reviews
By everyone else (and you!)
12 / 15
Fun
3 / 5
Learning
4 / 5
Science
5 / 5

Expert Reviews

Kristi
Scientist

This game is short and to the point, but effective in teaching basic concepts related to the cell's membrane. This game would be very good to give students to introduce or reinforce content, but probably not as a stand alone. I liked how there were questions to check the player's understanding and how you get a score at the end. Also, the player can fail at a mission, but has the chance to try again. Very simple to play and good instructions provided. Overall, this game provides a good visual of the cell membrane and provides a great way for students to see how a cell membrane functions.

Fun rating: 3 out of 5

Learning rating: 4 out of 5

Science rating: 5 out of 5

Total:

12 / 15

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Player Reviews

Dream Master

Dream Master
Player

While this simulation with a quiz is very informative, and completely accurate, it doesn't do the word "game" much justice at all. It presents the information needed to complete simulations in textbook-like windows, doesn't randomize the questions or the answers to quizzes, and overall doesn't do anything to engage players into caring about the information being taught. It also has a couple glitches: the timer will count down before starting a simulation or not function at all, and the molecules sometimes won't go through the channels (both active and passive transport channels) due to sudden changes in going the opposite direction or appearing to bounce off the "rim" of the channel, which makes the levels somewhat frustrating. While it is a very good visual representation of cell membrane function, the creator now needs to focus more on ways to entertain and keep players involved in learning, and then perhaps expand this so that it teaches about other topics, maybe the functions of other cellular components, or maybe the movement of molecules within the cell (not just between the cell and the environment).

Fun rating: 2 out of 5

Learning rating: 3 out of 5

Science rating: 5 out of 5

Total:

10 / 15

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Exellent biology basics

September 17, 2013

Edward Andres Loaiza Pedroza
Player

With more interactive simulators like this, there is no doubt understanding of human basic biology will be simpler, no complicated instructions, just right to the point, and the imagery and visuals sure help a lot.

Fun rating: 4 out of 5

Learning rating: 5 out of 5

Science rating: 4 out of 5

Total:

13 / 15

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