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Title: Learning to Code with a Pretend Play Storytelling Model
Center: NCER Year: 2018
Principal Investigator: Shochet, Joe Awardee: codeSpark
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 8 months (5/12/2018 – 1/12/2019) Award Amount: $200,000
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: 91990018C0023

In previous research and development, the developers created codeSpark, a game that employs a visual and block-based approach with puzzles to teach programming skills to children ages 5- to 9-years old. In this project, the developers created a prototype of a fantasy-based story to be integrated within the existing game. The pretend-play scenarios included characters, storylines, and incentives to further engage young children and make greater connections to learning goals. Pilot research at the end of Phase I with 8 grade 1 and 2 classrooms over a 1 week demonstrated that the prototype functioned as planned. It also found that teachers believed the fully developed game could be implemented within a classroom and that students were engaged while playing the game prototype.

Related IES Project: Story Mode for Teaching Cross-Curricular Coding Projects (91990019C0035)

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