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Title: Computer Science Curriculum for First Grade Students Using a Robot Games Platform
Center: NCER Year: 2015
Principal Investigator: Mocscatelli, Adrianna Awardee: Play Works Studio
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 6 months (5/1/2015-10/31/2015) Award Amount: $150,000
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: EDIES15C0010

The project team is developing and testing a prototype of a computer science game-based intervention intended for Grade 1 students. The prototype will include physical robots that will be designed and controlled on a game board by students through a blue-tooth enabled smartphone app. The product will include teacher resources and suggestions to facilitate classroom integration. In the Phase I pilot research with 5 classrooms and 150 students, the researchers will examine whether the prototype functions as planned, if teachers are able to implement it with small groups of students, and whether students are engaged.