SRI International is seeking science teachers to become part of a research study testing SimCityEDU game-based leaning and assessment tools for middle school science classrooms, with its associated curriculum based on the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core ELA Standards.
Students are asked to solve real-world problems using systems thinking skills such as how to balance the output of pollution in a city against the need for power to run businesses and create jobs.
The researchers are seeking up to 10 middle school science teachers of 6th and 7th graders to:
- Participate in professional development to learn how to play the games and use individual student data to assess their students’ acumen with selected Next Generation Science Standards and ELA Common Core Standards.
- Use the SimCityEDU curriculum package (including game activities, embedded assessments, and non-technology enhanced classroom activities) for 9 science class periods with their students.
- Participate in two structured interviews with researchers to provide feedback about the teacher and student experience using the game-based curriculum package and the formative assessment feedback.
- Gather parent consent.
- Administer a brief survey to all participating students about their experience playing SimCityEDU and using the curriculum materials.
- Allow researchers to observe the game-play and related instructional activities as they are implemented in your classroom for at least four science periods.
Who: Middle School Science Teachers from the Bay Area and their students (grades 6th and 7th)
What: Students must have one-to-one access to computers with consistent online availability in the school during science class. Also, district administration must approve of participation and parent consent will be required.
When: This Spring – preferably before end of April, 2014 but timing is flexible
Stipend: Teachers receive an honorarium of $1200 to take part in this research study!
Interested? Please contact Amy Hafter (firstname.lastname@example.org / 650.859.4566) as soon as possible. SRI can only accommodate 10 teachers in this first implementation study!
**Note: This study is not run by the California Academy of Sciences, so please direct all inquiries to Amy Hafter, listed above.***