EDC and Partners Receive IES SBIR Fast Track Award

Bill Tally

EDC is part of a winning team that received one of only three Fast Track contracts awarded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The new $1 million SBIR award will enable research partner EDC, small business partner/developer Electric Funstuff, producer WNET, and content developer American Social History Project to create and study a digital game for middle-school history classrooms. Based on WNET's successful series of Mission US online history games, the new game—Mission US: California or Dust!—will immerse students in the history of the Great Depression.

Over the next 2.5 years, Principal Investigator Dr. Bill Tally will lead EDC researchers in conducting intensive formative and summative research on California or Dust! In Year 1, Tally and the EDC research team will conduct a formative evaluation of Electric Funstuff's development of the tablet version of the game. In a Year 2 classroom pilot study, they will examine how playing the game on tablet- and Web-based platforms affects students’ historical knowledge and literacy and analytic skills.

Last Updated: June 2013

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