BrainPlay is a game portal developed and managed by GameGurus. Brainplay administration collects email addresses, names, and birthdates as a way of verifying users and re-issuing passwords.
Players' activities in BrainPlay are being studied by EdGE, The Educational Gaming Environments group at TERC (a non-profit education firm in Cambridge, MA) under grants from the National Science Foundation (US) (NSF/DRK12/#1119144 and NSF/TSL/#1134914).
Researchers at EdGE are studying how scientific activities in games can support learning. You don't have to be part of the study but if you choose not to, you won't be able to enter the BrainPlay.com website.
As part of the study, we will be collecting all digital activity that takes place on the BrainPlay.com website. We will be looking at the IP addresses from which people register. All of these data will remain entirely anonymous to the researchers.
If you agree to be part of the study by logging into BrainPlay:
Dr. Jodi Asbell-Clarke, a researcher at TERC, is leading this study. If you have questions you may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have concerns about the research and want to talk to someone who is not on the project, you may contact Carla McAuliffe of TERC's Oversight Board for Human Participants in Research (IRB) at Carla_McAuliffe@terc.edu, 617-873-9600.
If your class is participating in the EdGE Research Study, you've come to the right place. Register now with your class password to get started, or just login if you've been here before.
If you are not involved in the 2013-15 Leveling Up Implementation Study, but are a high school science teacher and want to join please see edgeatterc.com/edge. If you are not a teacher eligible for the study, come back in Spring 2015 when we go public! Thank you!