Called “Oztoc” or “cave” in the Aztec Nahuatl language, this project between WID at UW–Madison and the New York Hall of Science is an interactive multitouch table to investigate how collaboration and learning occur during play in informal settings such as museums.

Developed in coordination with Games+Learning+Society, a research group with WID and the School of Education at UW–Madison, the project has reached its home in the New York Hall of Science, a science museum located in New York City.

To explore the game, which purposefully does not have instructions, players combine physical blocks (representing electronic components) to create circuitry and lights to attract undiscovered underwater creatures. With both collaborative and competitive modes, the game allows learning researchers to target and test specific scenarios, asking broader questions about how children can learn to think like engineers as they problem solve, reason and work with each other.

Video produced by Christian Inouye / WID in coordination with the New York Hall of Science

Music: Can You Kiss Me First (Synthwave Cover) (Herr Doktor) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

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