|Title:||Civics Bridge: Narrative-based Civics Education Game|
|Principal Investigator:||Collins, J. Grace||Awardee:||Snowbright Studio|
|Program:||Small Business Innovation Research [Program Details]|
|Award Period:||8 months (06/23/2023 – 02/23/2024)||Award Amount:||$250,000|
|Type:||Phase I Development||Award Number:||91990023C0021|
Purpose: Results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress show that less than a quarter of students reach the proficient standard for civics knowledge at grade 8 and again in grade 12. While formal classroom instruction is identified as a standard practice for improving civics education, simulations and games provide new opportunities to simulate engagement to promote civic knowledge and understanding. In this project the team will develop a prototype of Civics Bridge, a digital interactive adventure game and companion full-year curriculum for students ages 14 to 16 to learn about and practice civics.
Project Activities: In Phase I, the team will develop a prototype of an online game to introduce students to historical figures and foundational civics knowledge and a hybrid portion will engage students in collaborative in-class activities that relate to game-play. At the end of Phase I, a pilot study with 3 educators and 90 high school students will test if the prototype functions as intended, if users are engaged and able to complete the digital and in-person experiences, and if student interest in civics increases after the intervention.
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