SciSkillQuest: A Standards-Based Game to Develop Students' Scientific Skills, Academic Mindsets, and Learning Strategies in Science

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Education
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,982.87
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
EDIES13C0028
Agency Tracking Number:
EDIES13C0028
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Mindset Works, Inc.
751 Laurel St #608, San Carlos, CA, 94070-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
940705937
Principal Investigator:
Business Contact:
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This project will develop SciSkillQuest, a web-based multiplayer game intended to teach middle school students scientific inquiry skills and to foster academic growth mindsets in science. Students will pursue quests, employing inquiry skills to navigate and succeed in the game, including Questioning, Modeling, Investigating, Analyzing, Computing, Explaining, Arguing, and Informing. The game will include different paths to a solution, role playing elements, immersive narratives, challenge-based progressions, and peer collaboration to engage players. The growth mindset message — that ability and skill are developed through effort and learning — will be introduced and reinforced through feedback by embedded in-game characters. The games will be supplemental to the curriculum but will also be designed to be integrated within instructional practice. The game will be available for mobile devices as well as web browsers.

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