Our Games

Our games get world-class research out to the public.

Legend of the Lost Emerald
Lakeland
Lost at the Forever Mine
Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case
The Yard Games
Atom touch

Mixed Reality

Our games get world-class research out to the public.

ThermoVR
The Station:Maine
Siftr
Ice Cube
ARIS

Our Games

We work with researchers to create fun, academically rigorous games that get millions of plays.

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  • Legend of the Lost Emerald

    Grades 4-6

    History

  • Waddle: A Penguin's Tale

    Ages 5+

    Polar Research

  • Discover IceCube

    All Ages

    Polar Research

  • Lost at the Forever Mine

    Grades 5-9

    Scientific Modeling

  • Lakeland

    Grades 7-12

    Complex Systems

  • Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case

    Grades 3-5

    History

  • Thermodynamics VR

    Undergraduate Level

    Thermodynamics

  • Atom Touch

    Grades 5-8

    Science

    The Yard Games Collection

  • Crystal Cave

    Grades 5-8

    Science

  • Carbon Cycle Game

    Grades 5-8

    Science

  • Water Cycle Game

    Grades 5-8

    Science

  • Nitrogen Cycle Game

    Grades 5-8

    Science

  • Magnet Hunt

    Grades 5-8

    Science

  • Hot Air Balloon

    Grades 5-8

    Science

  • Earthquake!

    Grades 5-8

    Science

  • Wave Combinator

    Grades 5-8

    Science

  • Antibiotic Resistance

    Grades 5-8

    Science

  • Wind Simulator

    Grades 5-8

    Science

Legend of the Lost Emerald

Grades 4-6

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History

Take on the role of a maritime archaeologist uncovering shipwrecks in the Great Lakes! In this historical inquiry game, players use GPS coordinates, go out on dives, take underwater photos, and use artifacts to solve the mystery of each shipwreck.

Partners: PBS Wisconsin, Wisconsin Sea Grant

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Waddle: A Penguin's Tale

Ages 5+

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Polar Research

Our in-progress Penguins VR Project will allow players to experience life at the South Pole—as a penguin! We’re thrilled to work with penguin researcher Jean Pennycook to create a fun, playful experience that introduces people to her NSF-funded work.

Partners: NSF, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center

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Discover IceCube

All Ages

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Polar Research

The IceCube Virtual Reality experience puts you in the role of an astrophysicist. Journey deep into space to track down the source of a neutrino detected by the IceCube observatory in Antarctica. Play at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery in Madison, WI, or download for your own VR device.

Partners: NSF, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center

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Lost at the Forever Mine

Grades 5-9

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Scientific Modeling

This space adventure brings mathematical modeling straight to the classroom. To escape an abandoned planet, players set up equations, input data, work with graphs, and use models as a tool to make decisions.

Partners: UW-MRSEC

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Lakeland

Grades 7-12

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Complex Systems

This award-winning game teaches complex systems! Players create their own town, manage resources, and learn about the relationship between dairy farming, soil nutrition, and lake pollution.

Partners: UW-Madison Scalable Systems Lab

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Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case

Grades 3-5

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History

This award-winning game turns kids into history detectives! In this point-and-click adventure, players use the methods of real historians to uncover the story behind each mystery artifact.

Partners: PBS Wisconsin, Wisconsin Historical Society

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Thermodynamics VR

Undergraduate Level

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Thermodynamics

We teamed up with John Pfotenhauer, UW-Madison professor and researcher, to create this VR simulation for teaching undergraduate thermodynamics. The game allows students to interact with the abstract Equation of State in a hands-on, tactile environment.

Partners: UW-Madison School of Engineering

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Atom Touch

Grades 5-8

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Science

This molecular simulation app allows players to explore the abstract principles of thermodynamics and molecular dynamics in a tactile, exploratory way.

Partners: UW-MRSEC

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Plate Tectonics

Grades 6-12

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Aligned with NGSS

This vector field simulator allows kids to explore how magma flow creates forces that move the Earth’s tectonic plates. The game introduces kids to phenomena like volcanoes, earthquakes, and the formation of trenches.

Partners: BrainPOP

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Rock Cycle Simulation

Grades 6-12

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Aligned with NGSS

Learn about how rocks and minerals form from one another! Players choose transitional events, like a volcanic eruption or the formation of volcanic rock, and explore how rocks and minerals move through the world.

Partners: BrainPOP

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Carbon Cycle Simulation

Grades 6-12

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Aligned with NGSS

Learn how carbon moves through the ecosystem! In this simulator, players trigger events—like the burning of fossil fuel—and watch how the carbon moves among the air, ocean, rocks, and living things.

Partners: BrainPOP

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Water Cycle Simulation

Grades 6-12

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Aligned with NGSS

Learn about the water cycle! This simulator allows players to trigger events and trace how water moves through the atmosphere, bodies of water, living things, and more.

Partners: BrainPOP

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Earth’s Force Fields

Grades 6-12

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Aligned with NGSS

In this 2-in-1 simulator, players learn how bodies in the vicinity of Earth are affected by the fields created by the Earth itself. Play in Magnetism Mode to explore how ions move into the magnetic field of the Earth, and play in Gravity Mode to learn about how objects fall towards Earth or get pulled into orbit.

Partners: BrainPOP

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Ocean and Air Currents

Grades 6-12

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Aligned with NGSS

This simulation uses a map to show how physical matter is moved around by ocean and air currents. Players can move between different layers of the map, measure temperatures, follow currents through the ocean, and place a balloon or a ship in a bottle in the current to see how it moves.

Partners: BrainPOP

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Energy in Food Webs

Grades 6-12

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Aligned with NGSS

This game shows how energy from the sun and from geologic thermal processes flows through living things. Use nodes and arrows to trigger the movement of energy through food webs, from the sun to plants to herbivores, all the way up to apex predators, and then back to the soil again.

Partners: BrainPOP

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Plant Growth

Grades 6-12

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Aligned with NGSS

This simulation teaches the life cycle of plants! Set variables, choose actions (like “Send in bees” or “Windy weather”) and then launch the simulation. Watch your plant move from a tiny seed to a flowering plant, and then start again with a new seed—if it survives that long.

Partners: BrainPOP

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Living Cell

Grades 6-12

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Aligned with NGSS

Use this simulation to teach cellular processes! Players can trigger metabolic events in three types of cells: cobra venom glands, Venus fly traps, and E. Coli. Set your conditions, launch the simulation, and watch as processes like cellular respiration and protein production play out.

Partners: BrainPOP

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Crystal Cave

Grades 5-8

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Science

This simple puzzle game introduces kids to crystals! Players try their hand at arranging molecules with different shapes and properties into an ordered, stable configuration.

Partners: UW-MRSEC, Wisconsin DPI

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Carbon Cycle Game

Grades 5-8

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Science

Learn how carbon moves through the world! In this board-game style game, players use Action cards, like Photosynthesis and Soil Respiration, to convert carbon from one form to another.

Partners: Wisconsin DPI, Wisconsin Virtual Schools

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Water Cycle Game

Grades 5-8

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Science

Learn how water moves through the world! In this board-game style game, players use Action cards, like Condensation and Evaporation, to convert water from one form to another.

Partners: Wisconsin DPI, Wisconsin Virtual Schools

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Nitrogen Cycle Game

Grades 5-8

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Science

Learn how nitrogen moves through the world! In this board-game style game, players use Action cards, like Plant Death and Plant Assimilation, to convert nitrogen atoms from one form to another.

Partners: Wisconsin DPI, Wisconsin Virtual Schools

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Magnet Hunt

Grades 5-8

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Science

In this introduction to magnetism, players use magnetic fields and iron filings to find magnets hidden in the sand. The game covers topics like magnetic forces, poles, and magnetic fields.

Partners: Wisconsin DPI, Wisconsin Virtual Schools

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Hot Air Balloon

Grades 5-8

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Science

Time to fly! In this game, players control the altitude of a hot air balloon by heating the balloon or releasing air with the air flap. Players learn about buoyancy, volume, and air pressure.

Partners: Wisconsin DPI, Wisconsin Virtual Schools

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Earthquake!

Grades 5-8

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Science

This playful simulation uses shockwaves and tin-can towns to introduce players to how scientists study earthquakes! Players learn about topics like S and P waves, epicenters, and triangulation.

Partners: Wisconsin DPI, Wisconsin Virtual Schools

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Wave Combinator

Grades 5-8

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Science

This game invites kids to explore how waves interact. Kids can use the Wave Combinator to learn about concepts like amplitude, offset, wavelength, and frequency.

Partners: Wisconsin DPI, Wisconsin Virtual Schools

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Antibiotic Resistance

Grades 5-8

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Science

In this playful introduction to the world of bacteria, players get a visual representation of reproduction, mutation, and antibiotic resistance.

Partners: Wisconsin DPI, Wisconsin Virtual Schools

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Wind Simulator

Grades 5-8

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Science

In this game, a ruined tower-building contest leads to a crash course on the science of wind. Players learn about wind direction, wind speed, pressure systems, and how scientists use wind to predict weather.

Partners: Wisconsin DPI, Wisconsin Virtual Schools

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Let’s make a game together!

How Much Do Games Cost?

Our games cost a fraction of a penny per minute of engagement and last for years. The exact cost will depend on the size and scope of your project. We’ll work with you to define the project and raise funds. As part of WCER, we have access to a full grant-writing team. We’ll help you with the Broader Impacts portion of your grant, or build a grant around your project.

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Use Games to Teach Complex Topics

If the information feels too complicated, kids won’t engage. Our games allow for depth and complexity, while creating a playful, engaging experience for kids. Set up a meeting to learn more! We’re excited to partner with you.

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