Educational engineering games take stay-at-home kids to the next level

May 11, 2020

The best-laid plans of many parents are falling apart after two months of keeping their kids home during the COVID-19 pandemic — and for some families, Netflix binges and video games are replacing any attempts at home schooling. For four years, UW–Madison engineers and Field Day Lab game designers have developed options for productive screen time. And their educational — but, most importantly, fun — games aimed at middle and high schoolers are available for free on the Field Day Lab website and on the GameUp section of the educational website BrainPOP. Field Day is housed within the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

UW-Madison Art Department: MFA shows move online

May 8, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the closure of physical spaces on the UW-Madison campus, third-year MFA student exhibitions were moved online. Though students are challenged to create without many resources, the Art Department reports that many are finding innovation and positivity out of this experience as they explore unknown territory.

Popkewitz releases latest book, ‘The Impracticality of Practical Research’

May 7, 2020

UW-Madison’s Thomas Popkewitz released his latest book, “The Impracticality of Practical Research: A History of Contemporary Sciences of Change that Conserve,” a work that examines the politics of practical knowledge and the paradox of exclusion in contemporary social and physical sciences.

‘Beats Empire’ simulation game moves hip-hop from fiction to online learning tool for middle school

May 6, 2020

Fans of the hip-hop television drama “Empire,” which abruptly ended its six-year run in April, and anyone interested in the music industry, can take a step closer to the realities of the music business by immersing themselves in a new and free online learning game, “Beats Empire.” University researchers from Columbia, UW–Madison, and Georgia Tech worked together to create the game, which places players in the roles of music producers who leverage data and analyze trends to dominate the music industry.

Class of 2020 spotlight: Winner combines passions for environment and human connection

May 4, 2020

Graduation is a time for reflection and celebration of many achievements –– and this year is no different. Carly Winner will graduate as part of the Class of 2020 with a double major in environmental studies and elementary education. However, Winner’s time as an undergraduate will continue until her student teaching field experience with the Madison Metropolitan School District finishes in June.