Xplore Health is an EU-funded educational portal developed by a consortium consisting of Barcelona Science Park, Centre of the Cell, European Schoolnet and the European Network of Science Centres and Museums.
The portal includes interactive games and virtual experiments aimed to inspire and inform teenagers and young adults about the latest discoveries in biomedical research. They cover various topics including biotechnology, mental health, skin cancer and obesity. In collaboration with 3D Animator Indi Hans, I designed and developed 10 interactives for this portal. All interactives are available in English, Spanish, French, Polish and Catalan.
The programme is promoted by IrsiCaixa, who also commissioned me to develop mobile app versions of the three most popular games.
- Science Games
- Centre of the Cell / Barcelona Science Park / IrsiCaixa
Game: The Biotechnology Revolution - Become a Medical Engineer
In this game, players are asked to find suitable artificial implants their patients. They select implants for different body parts and choose which design and material are the most appropriate depending on biocompatibility and the function they substitute.
Virtual Experiment: How are Drugs developed? Produce a Drug Target!
Users are asked to produce a drug target against some of the symptoms of schizophrenia. The enzyme known as POP is more active in people living with schizophrenia than it should be. Users can manipulate bacteria in the lab in order to achieve the required quantity of the enzyme.
Virtual Experiment: Develop a Drug
Once a drug target is found, the user can proceed to develop the drug. They need to purify the target and research its three-dimensional structure in order to identify a drug that will interact with it. They need to use different techniques in order to find a drug and check that it works.
Virtual Experiment: Skin Cancer exposed - Investigate a suspect Skin Growth
In this virtual experiment, users carry out a biopsy on skin tissue using the right surgical materials. They can then check if the tissue is cancerous. This interactive teaches about the different treatments for melanoma and the characteristics of suspicious moles.