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Our games bring contemporary research to the public. Want in? We’ll turn your amazing work into a game that reaches huge audiences. Our games cost a fraction of a penny per minute of engagement and last for a decade.Why use games for outreach?
Games Reach Wider Audiences
Granting agencies love researchers who have strong public engagement strategies. Our games get hundreds of thousands of plays, and we have the analytics to prove it.
Teach Complex Topics
If the information feels too complicated, kids won’t engage. Games are a unique medium that allow for depth and complexity while creating a playful, engaging experience for kids.
Collect Tons of Useful Data
Our games include built-in evaluation and learning assessments. You’ll have access to real-time data that you can use in your research and share with your granting agency, coworkers, and leaders.
Reach More People for Less
Our games cost a fraction of a penny per minute of engagement. Unlike other forms of outreach, your game will be played by kids for years to come. Reach out to set up a meeting. We’ll work with you to define the project and figure out the exact cost.
We'll support your grant-writing
We know how to work with granting agencies and fit within Broader Impacts budgets. As part of WCER, we have access to a full grants department that will provide support throughout your project.
Who do we work with?
We’ve worked with researchers, museums, public media, and large research institutions. Some of our partners already have funding, some need to raise funds for a specific project, and some are looking to revamp their outreach strategy and create a series of games with us. We have a process for each approach.
A vision for equitable, accessible public outreach
If you’re not thinking about outreach in terms of cost per minute of engagement, you should be. Millions of dollars each year are invested in Broader Impacts projects that reach just a few people. It doesn’t have to be this way. Our games reach hundreds of thousands of kids and last for years.
What We Make
We make learning games that bring contemporary research to large public audiences.
- Mixed Reality
- Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case
- Lost at the Forever Mine
- The Yard Games
- Atom Touch
- Crystal Cave
- The N Game
The Yard Games
This collection of mini games allows kids to explore, play, and experiment with science. Designed in partnership with subject experts and our awesome teacher fellows.Play the Yard Games
This interactive simulation app allows players to explore principles of thermodynamics and molecular dynamics. Created in partnership with the UW-MRSEC research center.Play Atom Touch
The Crystal Cave
This game teaches kids in grades 5-8 how crystals form at the molecular level.Play Crystal Cave
The N Game
This board game teaches players about the Nitrogen Cycle.Order the N Game
Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case
This award-winning game turns kids into history detectives! Made in partnership with PBS Wisconsin and archivists at the Wisconsin Historical Society.Play Jo Wilder
Lost at the Forever Mine
This space adventure brings mathematical modeling straight to the classroom. Made in partnership with the UW-MRSEC research center.Play the Game
This town-building game teaches complex systems. Made in partnership with the Scalable Systems Lab at UW-Madison. Played by thousands of kids a month.Play Lakeland
- Discover IceCube
Create mobile games, tours and interactive stories with ARIS games. Players experience a hybrid world of virtual characters and media in physical space. Anyone who can read can play and design these games. Used in classrooms or informally. IOS device required.Make a game with ARIS
The IceCube Virtual Reality experience puts you in the role of an astrophysicist. You will journey deep into space to track down the source of a neutrino detected by the IceCube observatory in Antarctica. Players learn about the IceCube observatory at the South Pole and the neutrinos they detect. Play at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery in Madison, WI or download for your own VR device.Learn about Discover IceCube
Use Siftr to make fieldwork activities easy. Teachers take 5 minutes to create a Siftr and students use mobile devices to collect data and observations outside of the classroom. Siftr helps you focus students, organizes their data and creates automatic visualizations to facilitate discussions in classrooms or online.Get Siftr
Work with Us
Want to design a game with us? Email us to get started.