A PluriMes lab member, Dylan Stavish (in Peter Andrews’ lab, University of Sheffield) has been working on a cell sorting game using dance mats as an activity for public engagement events.
The game aims to introduce the public to Fluorescent Activated Cell Sorting (FACS). In Dylan’s game ‘cells’ fall from the top of the screen to ‘beakers’ at the bottom. When the cells reach the beaker the player needs to step onto the corresponding pad on a dance mat to ‘sort’ that cell. The game is played to music and the cells fall to the beat. The game will calculate how many cells the player sorts and how many cells the player misses and calculate a sorting efficiency at the end.
Watch out for the game at a public engagement event near you!