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Title: vCoder and AI-Assisted Learning
Center: NCER Year: 2020
Principal Investigator: Patterson, Angela Awardee: Beach Day Studios, LLC
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 8 months (06/15/2020 02/15/2021) Award Amount: $199,531
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: 91990020C0080

The researchers will further develop their existing vCoder, an immersive virtual reality (VR) game for students to learn to code. This project will develop an artificial intelligence component to customize pathways to optimize how individual students learn to code. At the end of Phase I, in a pilot study with a middle school class, the researchers will examine whether the prototype functions as planned; if the VR experience adjusts to the level of knowledge and skill of each student; and if students' engagement, knowledge, and coding skill increases pre- to post-intervention.