Innovative Media Research and Extension We research and produce animations, games, interactive modules and apps. We conduct research in our Learning Games Lab

Animations, games, interactive modules and apps produced by our team.

The Learning Games Lab at New Mexico State University is a development studio, a user-testing research space, and an exploratory environment for playing and evaluating games and educational tools. Its parent department, NMSU Innovative Media Research and Extension, partners with research groups, faculty, and programs nationally and internationally to create educational media in various disciplines. We have partnered with more than 40 universities, agencies, and nonprofit groups on projects funded by NSF, USDA, DOE, the State of New Mexico, and private funders, and bring 20 years' experience producing innovative media on many platforms. The Innovative Media Research and Extension main office is on the NMSU main campus in Gerald Thomas Hall, room 286. The Learning Games Lab is in Gerald Thomas Hall, room 173.

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Math Snacks

Math Snacks
Mid-school youth explore key math concepts through 5 games and 6 animations (see games and teacher materials below). See Math Snacks

Cartoon image of farm rows of cabbage and corn.

New technologies allow farmers to sustainably grow food crops while conserving dwindling water supplies.
Visit Conserve Sustainable Water Reuse, Food, & Health

Virtual Labs

Virtual Labs
Interactive food science modules train high school and college students in basic laboratory techniques.
See Virtual Labs

Ninja Kitchen

Ninja Kitchen
A café staffed entirely by ninjas. Sophisticated gameplay reveals principles of food safety.
Play Ninja Kitchen

Science of Agriculture

Science of Agriculture
Fill gaps in undergraduates' knowledge of key concepts in the Animal Science, Soils & Environmental Sciences curriculum.
See Science of Agriculture

Don't Wash Your Chicken

Don't Wash Your Chicken!
If germs were visible to the naked eye, you would see that washing poultry just splashes bacteria all over.
See Don't Wash Your Chicken!

Cartoon image of strawberry  in a field with a face with bird droppings on it

Fresh & Dirty
Fresh produce can sometimes be dirty. Wash all produce, wherever you get it from.
See Fresh & Dirty

Kid Eats Cooking

Kid Eats
Supporting families cooking and eating together: recipes, videos, and interactive fun on the iPad.
See Kid Eats

Night of the Living Debt Financial

Night of the Living Debt
Zombies and debts have a lot in common. Manage your finances or be eaten alive by bad credit.
Get Living Debt app

Cartoon images of a salad, a hamburger, a bowl of fried rice, and an ice cream cone with sprinkles.

Potluck Panic
Assemble food safely, from factory to potluck, to keep your guests safe from foodborne illness.
Play Potluck Panic

PowerPay app

PowerPay App
This app will help you develop a personalized, self-directed debt elimination plan.
Get PowerPay app

Eat Move O Matic

Eat & Move-O-Matic
Look up foods you eat and match them with movement and active play. Available online or as a mobile app.
Get Eat & Move-O-Matic

Pearl Diver

Pearl Diver
Dive for sunken treasure on the number line, using integers, fractions and negative numbers. Play online or download app Pearl Diver


Western Soils
Sampling techniques and water holding properties of soils
See Understanding Western Soils

Treadsylvania, ATV Safety

Treadsylvania, ATV Safety
Safely ride your ATV on mysterious paths to defeat monsters and free the town from their evil grasp!
Play Treadsylvania

Stay Safe Working With Horses

Stay Safe With Horses
Understand horse behavior to handle horses safely and effectively.
See Stay Safe with Horses

Produce safety matters

Produce Safety Matters
Growers, packers, and retailers can prevent contamination from farmer's field to consumer's fork.
See Produce Safety Matters

Safe Preparation of Beef Jerky

Safe Preparation
of Beef Jerky

Learn how to safely manufacture beef jerky using a variety of methods.
See interactive Beef Jerky

Chinese Food Safety

Chinese Food Safety
Chinese-speaking foodservice workers learn key food safety concepts via this interactive curriculum.
See Chinese Food Safety

Don't Be Gross

Don't Be Gross
Spread the knowledge, not the germs with these viral animations!
See Don't Be Gross


Non-Thermal Processing
Advances in processing methods to improve the safety of ready-to-eat foods.
See Non-Thermal Food Processing

4-H Livestock Record App

4-H Livestock Record App
Organize market livestock project information & export customized reports.
Get 4-H Livestock Record app

 e-judging app

e-Judging & e-Judging Pro Apps
Calculate contestant scores for practice sessions or during a livestock or consumer judging contest.
Get e-Judging App

Desert Blooms

Desert Blooms: SW Gardening Tools
Use these resources to create a garden or landscape environment perfectly suited to your desert lifestyle.
See Desert Blooms

Southwest Plant Selector

Southwest Plant Selector App
Expert-recommended xeric landscape plants and how to care for them.
Get Southwest Plant Selector