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Title: Advancing Technology to Prevent School Violence
Center: NCER Year: 2017
Principal Investigator: Wood, Sharon Awardee: Happy People Games, LLC
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 6 months (5/1/2016 – 10/31/2016) Award Amount: $150,000
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: EDIES17C0043

With this Phase I funding, the project team will develop and test a prototype of a game-based application, Keeping It Real, to promote healthy relationships and prevent sexual misconduct among high school students. The prototype will include a game-based storytelling structure with branching narrative where students' choices determine how the story unfolds, a component to promote individual and group level discussion in the classroom, and a teacher implementation guide. At the end of Phase I, in a pilot study with six teachers and 100 students, the researchers will examine whether the prototype functions as planned, if students are engaged while examining real-world scenarios, and how well teachers are able to integrate the prototype within standard instructional practice.