EIR Grant From US Dept of Education for Scalable Game Design

  • Published: Friday, Aug. 28, 2020

The eMINTS National Center at the University of Missouri’s College of Education is applying for an Education Innovation Research (EIR) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The proposal for this $4 million grant is related to the improvement of computer science and mathematics education in upper elementary grades in rural Missouri schools. Teachers will be trained on Scalable Game Design (SGD) that helps students learn concepts of coding, computer science, mathematics and computational thinking and then measuring the effectiveness of the program for future implementation.

If awarded, this five-year grant will provide 60 hours of professional development in 45 upper elementary schools in rural Missouri. The proposal budget provides for teachers and students who participate to receive a Chromebook as part of the training program.

As part of the grant proposal process, the U.S. Department of Education is asking for letters of support from schools who would be likely participants if the grant is awarded. The grant awardees will be announced in fall 2020, and if eMINTS is awarded, recruiting the 60 schools in January 2021 to receive the first wave of professional development in fall 2021. Those schools who submit letters of support will receive priority as grant participants. Letters of support are due Sept. 3, 2020, and should be sent to Tad Brinkerhoff, Director of the eMINTS National Center at [email protected]. If you are interested in participating in the grant or writing a letter of support, please email Tad at the email above and he will send you instructions. Thank you.