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HK-250704-16

WNET (New York, NY 10019-7416)
Sandra Sheppard (Project Director: February 2016 to present)
Revitalizing Mission US

A conversion effort to upgrade “Mission US” from its current Flash-based game engine to a Unity-based engine, with subsequent enhancements to content and engagement including storyboards, player credentials, and increased literacy supports.

WNET requests funds to revitalize "For Crown or Colony?", the first game in the award-winning "Mission US" series on American history. Designed for middle school-age students, "Mission US" is a free series of online role-playing games that immerse young people in the drama of our nation’s past. "For Crown or Colony?" will be converted from outmoded Flash technology to Unity, ensuring its long-term playability and making it accessible on tablets. The game will also be enhanced with additional features that increase its educational value for diverse learners. WNET will then re-launch the game and report on its experience to the digital humanities community. These activities will create a roadmap for rebuilding subsequent "Mission US" games and provide lessons for other digital projects facing similar technical and educational challenges.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$325,000 (approved)
$325,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 8/31/2019


GI-230768-15

WNET (New York, NY 10019-7416)
Sandra Sheppard (Project Director: January 2015 to present)
Mission US: No Turning Back

Implementation of an online, interactive game to provide an experiential understanding of life under Jim Crow and the vital role of ordinary citizens in the civil rights movement.

Mission US: No Turning Back is the sixth edition of an award-winning series of free online educational games designed to increase young people's knowledge of American history. In each game, the player assumes the role of a teen in one period of our nation's past, and navigates an interactive environment to explore key events and diverse perspectives. Seen through the eyes of a teenage African-American girl, No Turning Back will offer a nuanced exploration of life under Jim Crow and the evolving 1960s civil rights movement. The game narrative uses a local struggle in and around Jackson, Mississippi to explore the critical role of "ordinary" African Americans, including young people, in changing America. The game is slated to launch in 2018, when Mission US is projected to have one over million registered users.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2021


TR-50404-12

WNET (New York, NY 10019-7416)
Jill Peters (Project Director: June 2012 to June 2013)
Mission US: Think Fast About the Past Tablet App

No project description available

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2012 – 12/31/2012


TR-50143-10

WNET (New York, NY 10019-7416)
Sandra Sheppard (Project Director: August 2009 to present)
Mission US

Production of three of a series of five free, online immersive animated games for children ages nine to thirteen that cover crucial historical moments in the shaping of American ideals and institutions.

Mission America is a multi-media initiative on American history for young people aged 9-13. It centers on five online games set in different eras of U.S. history. In each "mission," the player assumes the role of a young person of the time, navigates historical settings, interacts with key figures, investigates primary documents, and experiences multiple perspectives on events. The games combine sophisticated social history content with popular conventions of role-playing games to put students inside crucial moments of U.S. history, building their historical knowledge and thinking skills. Mission America games will be available free on a Web site that also offers rich additional resources for middle school students and teachers. Outreach with PBS stations and national organizations, and a potential partnership with a leading textbook publisher, will ensure significant reach. Requested funds will support production and launch of Missions 2-4.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$235,499 (approved)
$219,321 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2010 – 12/31/2014

Funding details:
Original grant (2010) $200,000
Supplement (2010) $-16,178
Supplement (2012) $35,499