2016 Research Scholar Selection Process

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For Summer Institute 2016, teachers who apply to attend as a Research Scholar (a teacher who attends training for no cost, receives free use of the software for a year, implements Scalable Game Design curricula in the classroom, and collects student data) will be selected based on our remaining National Science Foundation project's Scope of Work. Generally, we are seeking Colorado teachers whose classroom can be observed, new and currently participating schools with a diverse population of students, and a strategic scaling up of participation by currently participating school districts.

RESEARCH SCHOLARS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF SELECTION BY EARLY APRIL (likely earlier).

  • 25 Beginner level Research Scholars new to the project will be selected
Attend Summer Institute free of charge (market price $800)
Their schools receive unlimited use software access for a year in exchange for collecting student motivation survey data and submitting games
The teacher receives a $200 classroom implementation stipend with the possibility of observation and student showcase stipends
  • 30 Intermediate level Research Scholars who are currently project teachers will be selected
Currently participating project teachers who have already received 3D Game Design training are not eligible for this year's summer training.
Attend Summer Institute free of charge (market price $600)
Their schools receive unlimited use software access for a year in exchange for collecting student motivation survey data and submitting games
If the teacher participates in observations, a stipend of $200 is provided
NOTE: due to limited research funds, returning project teachers will not receive a $200 classroom implementation stipend in 2016-17.


AS SCHOLARS APPLY THROUGH THE APPLICATION FORM, EACH APPLICANT WILL BE ASSESSED FOR THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:


Selection criteria for BEGINNER level Research Scholar slots (more points if you…)

  1. MANDATORY: Email the URL of the AgentCubes Online Lite project you create following the instruction in the Using an Early Access Programming Tool page. (Scholars will not be considered for research if this pre-test of their computers is missing)
  2. Colorado teachers whom we can observe in a one day trip from Boulder
  3. New school and/or district that meet other criteria regarding diversity, rural/inner city
  4. Cohorts of multiple teachers in the same school/district (new or currently part of the project) that meet other criteria regarding diversity, rural/inner city
  5. Teacher experience and confidence using new curriculum and an in-development technology tool in the classroom (meaning willing to deal with potential glitches, bugs and communicate with us)
  6. Teacher has good local and/or district IT support to identify and localize problems to a computer, lab, network, etc.
  7. High diversity schools
  8. Rural or inner city schools
  9. Schools sending the following combination of teachers who are willing to collaborate: at least one technology teacher and at least one science or math teacher
  10. Potential to move from games to simulation
<< Return to Early Access Programming Tool page to complete the mandatory software test. <<


Selection criteria for INTERMEDIATE level Research Scholar slots for RETURNING TEACHERS (more points if you…)

  1. MANDATORY: Email the URL of the AgentCubes Online Lite project you create following the instruction in the Using an Early Access Programming Tool page. (Scholars will not be considered for research if this pre-test of their computers is missing)
  2. Completed all steps of data collection for the project (This is a mandatory criterion to receive a Research Scholar spot in 2016)
  3. Colorado teachers whom we can observe in a one day trip from Boulder
  4. Teacher has good local and/or district IT support to identify and localize problems to a computer, lab, network, etc.
  5. Teacher experience and confidence using an in-development technology tool in the classroom (meaning willing to deal with potential glitches, bugs and communicate with us)
  6. Teacher is comfortable with students working independently, collaborating, and problem solving together
  7. Cohorts of multiple teachers in the same school/district


  • Remember that currently participating project teachers who have already received 3D Game Design training are not eligible for this year's summer training. However, as mentioned in the FAQ section on the previous page, you are welcome to continue with SGD and collect data in 2016-17.


<< Return to Early Access Programming Tool page to complete the mandatory software test. <<



Teachers not selected as Research Scholars can register for Summer Institute on a space-available basis at a discounted price, starting April 15.

Link to the Registration Site Will Go Live in April