Immersive Learning That Lasts

An award-winning educational game studio creating immersive, research-backed experiences.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Videogames and Virtual Reality (VR) experiences
  • User Experience (UX) Services
  • Informal Learning Installations (museums, afterschool programs, etc.)
  • Curriculum Development and Evaluation Services

Our focus is on using the body and gesture to promote learning. We are on the forefront of using sensors and VR hand controls to create learning that lasts.

Upcoming virtual reality (VR) games include a multi-platform series on natural selection.

This series called “Munch a Mimic” will be available on 3 versions: PC, tablet, and VR headsets. To request access to a short demo of the VR version in Unity for the Oculus Rift Touchclick here. To learn about our philosophies on best design practices using VR controls, click here. To read a recent blog on VR and education, click here.

Taking the view of a predator, you must deduce which butterflies are non-poisonous. They morph over generations and capturing the correct ones becomes more difficult. An interactive and engaging way to learn about Batesian mimicry.

This NSF-funded game can be played in conjunction with viewing the big screen movie Amazon Adventure that dramatizes Walter Bates’ exploration of the Amazon in the 1800’s.

In our lab, “embodiment” means that players are physically using their bodies to learn.

Research supports that better retention of knowledge occurs when students are more active and when their gestures map to the content they are learning.

The Cube of Embodiment in Education has been designed so we can have a common language to discuss the levels of embodiment in lessons or games.

The three critical constructs are:

  1. Congruency of the gesture – How well the movements or kinesthetics map to what is being learned.
  2. Magnitude of the gesture – Amount of motor-sensory engagement, e.g., a small finger twirl or the whole arm spinning.
  3. Immersivity – Amount of presence induced, the feeling of being there and engaged. Immersivity and presence are correlated and immersive Virtual Reality (VR) affords large and instantaneous amounts of presence.
Educational Embodiment in Virtual Reality (VR)

Explore Free Learning Games

Natural Selection: Butterfly Buffet

To help your birds survive, you must capture the right butterflies before lunchtime! Have fun in this interactive STEM game while learning about Batesian mimicry.

Available for PC and tablet.

Blindman's Bluff

Blindman's Bluff

In the role of a graduate student, play through a real experiment designed to understand how blind people navigate through rooms. Answer questions and receive immediate feedback on terms used in experimental psychology.
Alien Health
Alien Health

Alien Health

An exer-game designed to teach youth about nutrition in common foods. The game is available on multiple formats and in four languages. Choose from a PC, iPhone or multiple “experimental versions” with available open source code.

Electric Field Series

A suite of mini games designed to refresh knowledge on atoms, and provide instruction in atomic charge and how to measure the electric field. These games, funded by the NSF, also include dynamic simulations of Coulombs Law.
Electron Counter

Electron Counter

An engaging and interactive refresher for calculating the charge of an atom. Players interactively add or delete electrons from the counting sphere to make the atom’s charge match the target.
Mitey's Electric Field

Mitey's Electric Field

Players interactively place pinned charges on the screen to direct the “Mite” (+1) into the hole. At the harder levels curved trajectories are made. Players interactively learn about Coulomb’s Law.

Scuff n' Spark

Players rub the mouse back and forth over the “scuff pad” to create friction. Electrons increase until optimal conditions for a spark are created. Dynamic simulations of Coulombs Law included.
Vector Van Gogh

Vector Van Gogh

Vectors have both length (magnitude) and direction. Players use the mouse to draw real-time vectors symbolizing a free particle. Immediate feedback is received and changes in the electric field are shown via a dynamic Coulombs law.
Dragon Shockra

Dragon Shockra

An embodied game where the left hand controls the storm cloud and the right hand controls the dragon. As the charged particles in the cloud separate, conditions become ripe for a lightning strike. See if you can position the dragon in the right place at the right time!

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