Fate and Fortune: A Story-Based Algebra Simulator of High Seas Trade

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: Institute of Education Sciences
Contract: edIES17C0040
Agency Tracking Number: edIES17C0040
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: edIES17R0005
Solicitation Number: edIES17R0005
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-05-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-11-01
Small Business Information
PO BOX 2276, Taos, NM, 87571
DUNS: 004719997
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 scott laidlaw
 (202) 245-7550
 scott@midschoolmath.com
Business Contact
 scott laidlaw
Phone: (202) 245-7550
Email: scott@midschoolmath.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
With this Phase I funding, the project team will develop and test a prototype of Fate and Fortune, a simulated learning environment aligned for grade 8 algebra. The prototype will include story-based adventure set in the era of the spice trade of the 1600s. In the multi-player game, the class of students must apply algebraic equations to advance and learn academic content. At the end of Phase I, in a pilot study with five middle school teachers and 100 students, the researchers will examine whether the prototype functions as planned, whether gameplay is engaging, if students are able collaboratively solve problems, and how well teachers are able to integrate the prototype within standard instructional practice.

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