We make games that bring contemporary research to the public. Want in? We'll turn your amazing work into a game that reaches huge audiences.Learn about us
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.Learn More
This award-winning game turns kids into history detectives! Made in partnership with PBS Wisconsin and archivists at the Wisconsin Historical Society.Learn More
Discover Ice Cube
This 3D experience takes players on a journey to the IceCube Observatory at the South Pole, and then into deep space! Made in partnership with IceCube's Particle Astrophysics Center and the Living Environments Lab at UW-Madison.Learn More
Make a game, reach more people
When it comes to sharing your work with the public, the stakes are higher than ever. We'll turn your research into a fun, academically rigorous game that reaches hundreds of thousands of people. Team up with us and become an outreach superstar.
What we Make
We make learning games that bring contemporary research to the public.
All our games are free and available online.
- Mixed Reality
- Welcome to Lakeland
- Jo Wilder
- Forever Mine
- The Yard
- Atom Touch
- Crystal Cave
- The N Game
The Yard Games
The Yard Games are 10-20 minute interactive science games for kids in grades 5-8 to explore, play, and experiment with science. Designed to make complicated systems easier to understand, the games are quick to set up and simple to play. They run on any browser. No complicated user accounts or setup required.Play the Yard Games
Explore the atomic world. Play with these tiny building blocks in Atom Touch. You’ll explore principles of thermodynamics and molecular dynamics as you learn the structures and attributes of particles all the way down at the molecular level.Play Atom Touch
The Crystal Cave
Join the kids from The Yard as they discover how crystals are formed at the molecular level while you dig up some sweet crystals to add to your crystal museum.Play Crystal Cave
The N Game
Learn about the Nitrogen Cycle in this exciting board game! The N Game takes about an hour to play. Designed originally for a college level course, but simple enough for middle and high school students.Order the N Game
Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case
Play as Jo Wilder, a scrappy girl who spends her days with her pet badger Teddy and her grandpa, a historian. When some mysterious artifacts show up at the History Museum, you must unravel the clues to find the real stories behind the artifacts.Play Jo Wilder
Lost at the Forever Mine
You play a scientist who just crash-landed on an abandoned mining planet. With your oxygen dwindling, you must use mathematical models to predict how you can get enough fuel to escape before time runs out.Play the Game
Welcome to Lakeland!
Congratulations! You just started a new town called Lakeland! Your people need food and money, so you get them farming. The downside: cows don’t just produce milk. They also produce lots and lots of poop, which pollutes the lakes your people love so much. Poor Lakeland. Your mission: grow your town without destroying their lakes!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
Read the stories behind our games and meet the researchers and teachers who have teamed up with us.Field Day Blog
Who we work with
We work with amazing researchers around the world.
Work with Us
Let's make a game together! We'll help write the Broader Impacts section of your grant.
from the blog
Data Nerds Unite! How Teachers and Scientists Are Changing the Future of Teaching with Games
We're partnering with teachers from all across Wisconsin to design a dashboard for our complex systems game, Lakeland.Read story
Trouble in Lakeland: This Game Teaches the Impact of the Dairy Industry on the Lakes
We teamed up with the Scalable Systems Lab at UW-Madison to design a fun game that introduces kids to complex systems.Read story