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Ohio State University (Columbus, OH 43210-1132)
Christine Ballengee Morris (Project Director: March 2011 to September 2013)
Michelle Aubrecht (Co Project Director: March 2011 to September 2013)
Meeting the Earthworks Builders: A flash-based video game

The development of an educational computer game targeted to grades 4 - 8 about American Indian earthworks, building on the scholarship of John Hancock's NEH-funded EarthWorks project.

We propose to create a video game about Earthwork Builder Culture for school-age children in grades 4 through 8. In the past, the Earthwork Builder Culture has been poorly addressed in student learning materials. Current understanding and portrayal of American Indians remains largely stereotypical. This game will be developed using content generated by scientists, academics, educators, and American Indians. This approach will ensure that the native voice will be incorporated into the subject content areas, interface, game mechanics and artwork. Educational video games are a multimodal form of student engagement using visual images, animation, sound, text, and navigation/ interface design elements that engage students and allow them to make decisions and choices, developing problem solving skills and systems thinking. This medium will allow us to communicate profound aspects of American Indian thought through player interaction and the juxtaposition of graphical information.

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Project fields:
Area Studies

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Digital Humanities

$49,990 (approved)
$49,601 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2011 – 10/31/2012