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Title: Civics Bridge: Narrative-based Civics Education Game
Center: NCER Year: 2023
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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