The University of Wisconsin-Madison is home to Field Day Lab, the creators of ARIS. ARIS is part of the reason Lewis made the trip out to Wisconsin. Lewis said, "I interviewed people from the Field Day Lab for data on my own research. In addition to being able to collect my own data, I was able to learn how this lab engages in participatory design."
ARIS is an augmented reality app where students can interact in the real world with their mobile devices. According to Field Day Lab's website, "With ARIS, you can build an interactive story, tour or game. Players can complete quests, collect items, and talk to virtual characters, all while exploring the world around them."
Whitney Lewis' thesis research examines how storyboarding as a design scaffold affects learners computational making process in ARIS.
|An ARIS Storyboard|
Field Day Lab's larger mission is to "make learning games, virtual reality experiences and citizen science apps. All our games, apps and courses are free and available online."
Lewis is a member of the Learn Explore Design (L.E.D.) Lab, directed by Dr. Breanne Litts. Dr. Litts, Lewis' advisor, said, "This trip was for Whitney’s thesis, but also included several outputs including a course that will be posted on the Field Day website and Whitney’s participation in a Field Day game production workshop."
Dr. Litts previously worked with the researchers at Field Day Lab. L.E.D. Lab researchers have focused on the use of ARIS for learning with youth.
Lewis used funding from the CEHS graduate award opportunity to travel to Madison to do these interviews.