The 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 technology. We take a cautious but optimistic stance towards technology that tightly couples learning, research, and design.

Current Projects

Recent News

Best Paper Award (CHI 2015)
March 2015 — Our paper at the ACM CHI 2015 conference was just awarded Best Paper! Congratulations to the Life on Earth team.
July 2014 — Our Life on Earth exhibits were featured in a PBS NOVA blog post by Ralph Bouquet: "imagine doing a family tree project that took into account all the biodiversity and history of 3.5 billion years of life..."
Best Paper Award (IDC 2014)
June 2014 — Zeina Atrash Leong's paper, Waiting for Learning, was awarded Best Full Paper at the 2014 Interaction Design and Children Conference in Aarhus, Denmark. Congratulations, Zeina!
Best Short Paper Award (IDC 2014)
June 2014 — Our Frog Pond Evolution paper was awarded Best Short Paper at the Interaction Design and Children Conference (IDC 2014) in Aarhus, Denmark. Congratulations, team!
Games, Learning, and Society Showcase Award (GLS 2014)
June 2014 — Our Green Home Games project, Turn Up the Heat, just won the 2nd Place Showcase Award at the 2014 Games, Learning, and Society Conference in Madison, Wisconsin.
September 2013 — Mike's work on Tangible Programming in the DevTech group at Tufts University was mentioned in the New York Times Science Section.
Best Design Paper Award (CSCL 2013)
June 2013 — Our Going Deep paper was just awarded Best Design Paper at the Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Conference (CSCL'13) conference in Madison, Wisconsin. Congratulations, team!
April 2013 — 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