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DARPA created the ENGAGE program to enable the development of education and training systems that are better, faster, continuously optimized, and massively scalable. ENGAGE is exploring software- and data-intensive education and training methods that harness the power of large user populations to optimize instruction.

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Last updated: November 13, 2015

CMU Entertainment Technology Center (publications) RumbleBlocks, Beanstalk, PuppyBot Rescue Large-scale analytics, learning assessments, adaptive learning technologies, optimum learning pathways SCI-FRI (Science Friction) is a project working towards inspiring young minds to pursue science and engineering as a career. Initiated by DARPA, this is a multi-year project working in conjunction with many different institutions and organizations, such as the Sesame Workshop and Carnegie Mellon's Human Computer Interaction Institute. The end-product will be a series of multi-platform games that apply adaptive, in-game analytics for Pre-K-3rd graders that inspires interest and teaches basic concepts in the field of science. (C#/HTML5/CSS/JavaScript/CreateJS Suite/Flash/Unity3D/3DS Max) UGPR
University of Washington (publications) TreeFrog Treasure, Refraction, Creature Capture, DragonBox Adaptive Large-scale analytics, learning assessments, adaptive learning technologies, optimum learning pathways The games create by the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington are highly adaptive games that also perform gameplay analytics across all game players. Thus, the games continuously optimize and are massively scalable. (ActionScript3/Java/GWT - Java/PHP) UGPR
CMU Robotics Academy (publications) Computer Science Student Network Large-scale analytics, learning assessments, adaptive learning technologies, optimum learning pathways CS2N, or Computer Science Student Network, is a virtual center for computer science activities, robotics programming competitions, and computer science courses. CS2N provides step-by-step lessons to make programming easy for students by also providing access to virtual robots. (Unity/Maya/Ruby on Rails/Java/PHP/HTML5) UGPR
Intific SpaceForce Large-scale analytics, learning assessments, adaptive learning technologies, optimum learning pathways The goal of RoboBall SpaceForce is gameplay that results in measurable metrics that demonstrate games provide an innovative approach to STEM learning and student emotional resilience. RoboBall SpaceForce runs in OurSpace, a portal built to host RoboBall SpaceForce, its data and an HTML5 level editor. Players can login & register with a unique ID to save game progress. (C++/C#/ActionScript/Lua/Python) GPR
UCLA CRESST Go Vector Go, Team Vector Large-scale analytics, learning assessments, adaptive learning technologies, optimum learning pathways CRESST games are designed to help young children (in grades K-3) learn advanced physics and promote scientific reasoning and socio-emotional skills. The games promote improved understanding of the physics concepts force and motion, with emphasis on force magnitude & direction, friction, mass, gravity, and slope. These games also promote improved understanding of key social and emotional skills, such as anti-bullying and empathy. (C++/C#/ActionScript/Lua/Python) GPR
CMU Entertainment Technology Center Beanstalk: A Unity Game Addressing Balance Principles, Socio-Emotional Learning and Scientific Inquiry
CMU Entertainment Technology Center Helios: An HTML5 Game Teaching Proportional Reasoning To Child Players
CMU Entertainment Technology Center Supporting Social-Emotional Development in Collaborative Inquiry Games for K-3 Science Learning
CMU Entertainment Technology Center Rumble Blocks: Teaching Science Concepts to Young Children Through a Unity Game
University of Washington A Mixed-Initiative Tool for Designing Level Progressions in Games
University of Washington The Effects of Age on Player Behavior in Educational Games
University of Washington Quantifying over Play: Constraining Undesirable Solutions in Puzzle Design, Foundations of Digital Games
University of Washington Automatic Redesign of Local Playspace Properties
University of Washington Predicting Player Moves in an Educational Game: A Hybrid Approach
University of Washington A Trace-based Framework for Analyzing and Synthesizing Educational Progressions
CMU Robotics Academy Designing Educative Guides: Reconceptualizing Teacher's Role in Teacherless Cognitive Tutor-based Robotics Instruction.
CMU Robotics Academy Resources for robot competition success: Assessing math use in grade-school-level engineering design
CMU Robotics Academy Calculational versus mechanistic mathematics in propelling the development of physical knowledge
CMU Robotics Academy Resources for learning robots: Facilitating the incorporation of mathematical models in students' engineering design strategies