Science Supremo: Clinical Trials

Science Supremo: Clinical Trials is a prototype game designed for the classroom that offers young people studying the new GCSE Science curriculum an opportunity to get a feel for what it means to be a scientist and to understand the interplay between science and society.

Students take on the role of scientists working in modern drug development, taking a new drug through clinical trials to assess its effectiveness in treating tuberculosis. The game is structured to enable group work in the classroom, collaborative problem solving and discussion, and gives the teacher a central role as a "learning croupier," enabling a variety of teaching methods and lesson plans to be used, in exploring what it means to be a scientist.

Science Supremo will enable students to answer the questions:

  • What does it mean to be a scientist, and what do scientists do?
  • How does science interact with and influence society and vice versa?
  • How do scientists make ethical choices?
The game aims to:

  • Help teachers cover an unfamiliar area of the curriculum in an interesting way, whilst remaining in control of what students do.
  • To use computer game mechanisms popular with young people (i.e. management simulation games) for making the high level learning objectives of ‘how science works’ more accessible to a range of abilities.
  • For students to learn about the scientific process experientially, by making life-like decisions and seeing the consequences of their actions.

Science Supremo developed in collaboration with the Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Scorecards

Expert Reviews
By scientists and teachers
11 / 15
Fun
2 / 5
Learning
4 / 5
Science
5 / 5
Player Reviews
By everyone else (and you!)
11 / 15
Fun
2 / 5
Learning
4 / 5
Science
5 / 5

Expert Reviews

Very technical

July 28, 2013

steg47
I am interested in the usefulness and effectiveness of games in the classroom as a supplemental resource to reinforce concepts, inspire creativity and foster higher-level thinking.

Science Supremo is a very technical game. This is a game to be used as a supplement for gaining secondary education science credits. There is a lot of reading. Not very exciting :(

Fun rating: 2 out of 5

Learning rating: 4 out of 5

Science rating: 5 out of 5

Total:

11 / 15

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