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Title: Fate and Fortune: A Story-Based Algebra Simulator of High Seas Trade
Center: NCER Year: 2017
Principal Investigator: Laidlaw, Scott Awardee: MidSchoolMath
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 6 months (5/1/2017-10/31/2017) Award Amount: $150,000
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: EDIES17C0040

With this Phase I funding, the project team will develop and test a prototype of Fate and Fortune, a simulated learning environment aligned for grade 8 algebra. The prototype will include story-based adventure set in the era of the spice trade of the 1600s. In the multi-player game, the class of students must apply algebraic equations to advance and learn academic content. At the end of Phase I, in a pilot study with five middle school teachers and 100 students, the researchers will examine whether the prototype functions as planned, whether gameplay is engaging, if students are able collaboratively solve problems, and how well teachers are able to integrate the prototype within standard instructional practice.