Leaf Cutter Empire – Educational Game

With the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s Q Digital platform, we were commissioned to make an educational game about the life cycle of leaf-cutter ants. Explore how the colony works by chopping leaves to feed the fungus, defending the ants from parasites, and finding new mates to spread your leaf-cutter empire!

Produced by Digital Naturalism Laboratories for The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Q Bus.

Development by Brian Boucher, Bilal Cheema, Steven Solof, and Andrew Quitmeyer

Art design by Kitty Quitmeyer

Scientific advising by Dr. Hannah Marti

Music and Sound Effects by Dan Singer https://ridgedchippies.bandcamp.com/releases

Wearable Ant Farm Workshop at PIFcamp

This year the incredible PIFcamp was ant-themed! So in conjunction with our research about modular insect sensors, we got to lead a workshop on Wearable Ant farms.

Read a great breakdown of the entire workshop with pics and videos in Cherise Fong’s nice article about it in Makery:

Here’s some of the awesome videos put together by the PIFcamp excellent documentation crew including our introductory lecture!