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Story Mode for Teaching Cross-Curricular Coding Projects

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: Institute of Education Sciences
Contract: 91990019C0035
Agency Tracking Number: 91990019C0035
Amount: $899,072.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 91990019R0012
Solicitation Number: 91990019R0012
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-06-25
Small Business Information
130 Union St, Pasadena, CA, 91103
DUNS: 079498164
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joe Schochet
 (202) 245-7550
 joe@codespark.com
Business Contact
 Joseph Shochet
Phone: (202) 245-7550
Email: joe@codespark.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In previous R&D, the developers created codeSpark Academy, a game that employs a visual and block-based approach with puzzles to teach coding skills to students ages 5 to 9 years old. codeSpark Academy is in widespread use in and out of schools around the world. In this project, the developers will expand storytelling creative tools within the existing game. The pretend-play scenarios will include characters, storylines, and incentives to further engage students, and to make connections to learning goals more explicit. The final game will include user-created and uploaded photographic backgrounds, for students to customize gameplay by representing people, locations, and events at their own school or throughout history. Students can then code "what-if" histories using a conditional based choose-your-own outcome feature, as well as different storylines using the figures they create. A website will be developed with resources to support teacher implementation.

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