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It is nearly the end of the academic year for us. Children are very excited to look for some vacation and camps they will have during the break time. We have a break in the mid-June for around 3 weeks. Some resources have finished and my second son is having his national exam next week. If you live in the northern hemisphere, you will have a summer time. You might have a summer class, but we don’t.
Well, when I hear about Brainchase, I was very excited since I am very sure that children will have a meaningful holiday with this program.
What is Brain Chase?
- 5-week online summer learning challenge for 2nd through 8th gradersA massive global treasure hunt powered by reading, writing and math
- A massive global treasure hunt powered by reading, writing and mathA learning adventure to prevent summer brain drain
- A learning adventure to prevent summer brain drainA motivational tool for getting kids to do online academic work during the summer
- A motivational tool for getting kids to do online academic work during the summerA personalized learning platform
- A personalized learning platformA hunt for a golden mechanical treasure
- A hunt for a golden mechanical treasure
- A $10,000 scholarship and trophy
I got so excited with those program information
Why is Brain Chase an awesome program?
- Startling research shows that kids lose more ground academically over the summer than one might expect.
- A 2011 RAND study found that by the end of summer, students perform, on average, one to two months behind where they left off in the spring.
- 94% of parents agree that Brain Chase helped their children stay sharp over the summer. (From a survey of families who participated in the 2014 challenge.)
In addition to returning to school confident and fresh in September, kid adventurers get:
- 5 weeks of structured challenges on external reading and math websites
- Weekly writing exercises with feedback from credentialed teachers
- Weekly progress reports emailed to parents
- Exclusive access to an original animated adventure series loaded with hidden puzzles and clues
- 3 adventure tools mailed to your home to help solve special bonus challenges
- Participation in a massive global treasure hunt for a golden trophy containing the key to a safe deposit box holding $10,000
How does Brain Chase work?
1. START THE CHASE
At 9 a.m. ET on Monday, June 22, 2015, Brain Chase: The Sunstone of Cortés begins. Adventurers log in to watch the first animated webisode and meet Mae Merriweather, the star of the show. Then they dive into their first week of learning challenges. A proprietary (patent pending) learning management system – the “Dashboard” – tracks each student’s progress as they journey through the 5-week challenge.
2. UNLOCK THE ADVENTURE
Each week the adventurers have four tasks: read for 15 minutes per day, write one journal entry, earn 10,000 points on Khan Academy, and do one bonus challenge. When they’re done, they unlock the next webisode, which contains hidden pictures, numbers, and riddles to help them guess the treasure’s location.
3. FOLLOW THE STORY
Mae Merriweather and her friends from the Grayson Academy of Antiquities are hot on the trail the mysterious Sunstone of Cortés. To find it, they travel to the Himalayas, dive off the coast of Greece, and solve riddles. But there is more to the quest — and treasure — than they realize.
4. FIND THE BURIED TREASURE
The hunt for the Sunstone isn’t just fiction – there is a real golden Sunstone of Cortés and $10,000 buried somewhere on Earth. Every 24 hours, adventurers can log in to enter their guess of the treasure’s location. The first adventurer to guess the location within a two-mile radius travels with his/her family to the treasure site to claim the gold.
Some Questions about Brain Chase
What is the age range of Brain Chase?
It’s mainly geared toward early readers through 8th graders. The technical rules are age 6-16.
What platforms will kids be able to do their learning on? PC, mobile device?
This will work on the major PC browsers, as well as iPads. This summer it will not yet be available for mobile phones. But it’s hard to do much writing and math on a mobile phone anyway!
Does Brain Chase have accommodations for children with severe dyslexia or other learning disabilities?
One of the great things about Brain Chase and our partner platforms is they completely can be customized to the academic level of your student. Last summer, we had a number of students with severe learning disabilities whose interest in academics really came alive with this program. Each student can read at their reading level by selecting their level through myON (a digital library with more than 5,000 books). If they’re in high school, they can select a second grade reading level, or if they’re in second grade and want to read Moby Dick, they could do that.
It truly is a one size fits all. The bonus challenges and treasure hunt is the same for everyone, but everything else can be completely customized to meet the individual student’s level.
What if the families using Brain Chase will be traveling during the summer?
We give parents the opportunity to tell us their summer travel plans so we can send the packages to where the kids are going to be. This is a purely flexible program. We want kids to go outside, go to camp and travel. You should budget about five hours of work each week. But it’s easy to get caught up!
How else can my child benefit from Brain Chase, aside from academically?
We feel like this is an adventure learning company, and what we are finding is that there is something magical. That’s something we’ve heard over and over in the feedback! It’s hard to disentangle the academics from this, because kids are getting a sense of history and geography as they are dying to solve this mystery! It’s bringing families together, and it’s getting people outside.
One parent told us it’s like when kids are doing sports; when kids are doing sports, they don’t realize they’re really exercising. Brain Chase is like that with their minds; kids are learning without realizing it.
My kids aren’t huge gamers, but after Brain Chase, my kids felt more confident logging online and having positive screen time experiences that weren’t necessarily video games. Becoming familiar with new platforms online was actually a big thing for my family.
How Much Is It To Join Brain Chase?
It takes $25/week to join Brain Chase.
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