Don’t be Puzzled by the Mia

February 21, 2019

colin mcfaddenIf you’ve visited the Minneapolis Institute of Art lately and merely walked around, you’re missing out. Two award-winning UMN faculty members, Colin McFadden and Samantha Porter, have created a virtual reality smartphone app called Riddle Mia This. The free app turns works of art into pieces of a puzzle room, where it’s up to you to solve mysteries around the museum.

We're highlighting their work as part of a behind-of-the-scenes look at how our faculty and staff are driven to support the mission of the University. McFadden shares how he hopes to use the app platform to spur engaging educational experiences.

“As a technology architect at the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services (LATIS), I'm working to use augmented reality to enhance undergraduate education. Our 'Riddle Mia This' app gives visitors another way to tour the Minneapolis Institute of Art, via an interactive puzzle room experience. Our work on this, through the U, can change the way people explore and learn about our world.”

-Colin McFadden

Share McFadden’s statement on your channels to show one example of the U of M's effects in the community. Or, share inspirational statements from your faculty and staff and we’ll help spread the word.

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