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ZORAN POPOVIć

University of Washington, Center for Game Science

Mozak

NSF Awards: 1546510, 1551063

2017 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12, Undergraduate, Graduate, Adult learners, Informal / multi-age

Understanding how our brain works - and how we use this to tackle a myriad of brain diseases – is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity.  Mozak is a scientific discovery game about neuroscience and allows players to explore models of brain cells. We help scientists learn more about the brain through reconstructing neurons by bringing together groups of differently-talented people to solve this enormous problem together. Mozak’s online interface has already enabled teams of middle schoolers to reconstruct neurons rapidly - with no prior expertise – and a new generation of reconstructors are now emerging from the beta phase of the project. This video explores how Mozak came together, what we’re already achieving, and how we plan to help our gaming community become part of a new highly trained global neuroscience workforce capable of taking on more complex challenges (and maybe even becoming scientists themselves!).

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