TIDAL Lab is a team of designers, artists, learning scientists, and computer scientists at Northwestern University. Our research creates innovative learning experiences using new forms of interactive technology. We take a cautious but optimistic stance towards technology that tightly couples learning research and design.

Current Projects

Recent News

Life on Earth featured in PBS NOVA blog post

Our Life on Earth exhibits were featured in a PBS NOVA blog post

Best Paper Award (IDC 2014)

Zeina Leong's paper "Waiting for Learning" was awarded Best Paper at Interaction Design and Children (IDC'14)

Best Short Paper Award (IDC 2014)

Our Frog Pond Evolution paper won the Best Short Paper Award at Interaction Design and Children (IDC'14)

Games+Learning+Society Showcase Award

Our Green Home Games project just won the 2nd Place GLS Showcase Award at the Games+Learning+Society Conference in Madison, Wisconsin.

New York Times: Very Young Programmers

Mike's work on Tangible Programming in the DevTech group at Tufts University mentioned in the New York Times Science Section

Seeing Science (September 2013)

Biomedical Computation Review writes about the DeepTree exhibit

Best Design Paper Award

Our Going Deep paper wins Best Design Paper Award at the CSCL'13 conference in Madison.

Life on Earth Exhibits Launch!

Our Life on Earth exhibits have launched at the California Academy of Sciences and the Field Museum

Affiliated Research Labs

Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling (CCL)
Scientists' Discovery Room (SDR) Lab
Harvard University
Learning, Interaction, and Media in the Everyday (LIME) Lab
Northwestern University
The Collaborative Technology Laboratory (CollabLab)
Northwestern University
Delta Lab
Northwestern University
Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP)
Northwestern University

Museum Collaborators