Field Day is for teachers
Games aren’t just entertainment. They help kids learn. Join a community of teachers who teach with games.Learn More
Use our free games and apps
We apply the best learning theory from the University of Wisconsin games and learning research to design games for your classroom. Our games and apps are free and available online.
Join our courses and fellowships
Use our courses and fellowships to find games and tools that work in your classroom. We want to help you become a master teacher with this new media.
Sign up to get connected
We’re building a community of teachers who are willing to try new things, even when it’s messy. Join Field Day to get updates about meetups, events, fellowships and new games.
Courses and forumns
Teachers use games and simulations for a reason: they’re awesome! But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Get support by joining our courses and forums.Online Courses Forums
Our program is aligned with the most current research on effective professional development. We recruit a cohort of the best teachers in Wisconsin to participate in a mix of face-to-face and online activities over a period of months. As a teacher fellow, you’ll implement an innovative teaching practice in your classroom. We help teachers leverage new technologies and teaching approaches. Each cohort will produce courses, games or designs that benefit other teachers on a national scale.Join a Fellowship
- How are your games all offered free of charge?
- Will this work for “real” teachers?
- Can I get credit for Professional Development?
- How much do you pay teachers for joining fellowships?
Really though, We partner with awesome researchers and institutions. They sponsor our work, so you don’t have to. If you see the Field Day name on something, it’s free for anyone to use.
We know it’s not enough to just offer free resources. We also work to make sure our tools work on the devices you use. We don’t require logins or downloads. Our games work from a browser. Our mobile citizen science and AR apps require a mobile device. We build our fellowships around the needs and schedules of teachers.
We’ll help with whatever paperwork you need to get the credit requirement you need for your PD.
We know teachers work hard when they are in our fellowships. Each fellowship pays a different amount depending on the length and the available funds. Thank you for your professional insights. You make our work relevant to actual kids.
What we Make
We make learning games, virtual reality experiences and citizen science apps.
All our games, apps and courses are free and available online.
- Field Work
- Jo Wilder
- 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
- 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 the 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