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"Supercytes – the immune cell standoff" Teacher Training: MRC Festival of Medical Research event

June 2017: The MRC CIR ran a free interactive workshop to introduce "Supercytes" (our new game-based schools' resource, focused on immunology and inflammation) to teachers working in Edinburgh and Lothians schools.

"Supercytes – the immune cell standoff" is a new resource for schools, to be launched for academic year 2017/2018.

Developed by medical researchers at the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research at the University of Edinburgh, this is a game-based educational pack designed to introduce immunology and inflammation in a lively and entertaining manner.

The resource features an easy, fun, strategic card game; a series of cartoons featuring cell immune characters; a dedicated interactive website; quizzes; a competition; a teaching presentation and lesson plan integrated into the Curriculum for Excellence.

The resource will initially be freely available in the Edinburgh and Lothians area.

This MRC Festival of Medical Research 2017 event at the Queen’s Medical Research Institute, Edinburgh, was an interactive workshop to introduce the Supercytes resource to teachers working in Edinburgh and Lothians schools.

The event was a great success, with our cohort of 24 Secondary School Science and Primary School teachers learning to use the Supercytes resource, and getting as animated as the pupil trial groups when playing the game!

100% of attendees said that they would definitely use the Supercytes resource, and the group gave a mean rating of 6.7/7 for the quality of the workshop. Thanks to all the participants!

Teacher feedback:

  • I know this will change learning in the classroom.

  • The resources are professional looking and I envisage captivating for students.

  • Very well produced with the learner in mind.

  • I really like it. A novel approach to a complex area of Biology.

  • Fun but at the same time educational. Hits numeracy buttons as well.

  • There were multi level approaches and accessibility for a variety of students of various literacy and numeracy levels.

  • Lots of scope to use creatively in an interdisciplinary topic.

  • I learned something… my immunology has improved!

Teacher playing Supercytes card game
MRC Festival of Medical Research Supercytes Teacher Training event June 2017