Education Innovation

Education Innovation

SoberSloth

The Neurobiology of Addiction

Challenge
Deliver engaging and effective neurobiology psychoeducation to adolescents and young adults in addiction treatment using interactive, game-based educational technology.

Solution
SoberSloth, an educational app supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), examines addiction as a brain disorder caused by a hijacked dopamine reward pathway. Players learn how this brain system influences mood, memory, and motivation throughout the trajectory of pre-addiction, early substance use, addiction, treatment, post-treatment.

SoberSloth will be released later in 2021, playable as a web application.

CellEnergy

Photosynthesis and Cell Respiration

Challenge
Build a mobile app that makes the hard science of photosynthesis and cell respiration easier to learn.

Solution
Supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and built in collaboration with classroom teachers and biology instructors from the University of Minnesota, CellEnergy: Photosynthesis Labs teaches students these foundational life sciences concepts. Interactive, scaffolded lessons and virtual labs create an engaging experimental playground, and students build real mastery of Next Generation Science Standards science practices.

CellEnergy was awarded a 2019 Top Pick for Learning by Common Sense Education.

iNeuron

Neuroscience for the Classroom

Challenge
Build a mobile app with group interactions and a teacher dashboard for real-time monitoring that supports classroom instruction of high school neuroscience.

Solution
Designed as an instructional tool to help STEM teachers engage their students in neuroscience, iNeuron transforms a set of hand-held devices into functionally connected neurons in order to deepen understanding of how our brains change with learning. Development of iNeuron was supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health.