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Learning to Code with a Pretend Play Storytelling Model

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: Institute of Education Sciences
Contract: 91990018C0023
Agency Tracking Number: 91990018C0023
Amount: $200,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 91990018R0006
Solicitation Number: 91990018R0006
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-05-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-01-09
Small Business Information
United States
DUNS: 079498164
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Joe Shochet
 (202) 245-7550
Business Contact
 Joe Shochet
Phone: (202) 245-7550
Research Institution

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 will create a prototype of a fantasy-based story to be integrated within the existing game. The pretend-play scenarios will include characters, storylines, and incentives to further engage young children and make greater connections to learning goals. At the end of Phase I in a pilot study with six K-2 teachers over one month, the researchers will examine whether the prototype functions as planned, whether teachers believe that the full product concept could be implemented, and whether the prototype shows potential for improving child outcomes related to computational skills and interests.

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