We’re driven by a desire to help people thrive. We wish to empower those who seek to empower others. We bring to this desire the techniques and best practices from the leading edge of human-centered design.
We’re inspired by the spirit of play. Play is a powerful force that underlies the human capacity for learning, development, creativity and imagination. We wish to help people grow by helping them play.
Scientific theory and practice are the foundation of our learning systems. We are committed to evidence, open publication and data-driven continuous improvement.
With the support of a MacArthur Foundation grant, Playpower began in 2009 with the goal of designing high-impact learning experiences for underprivileged children around the world (view PopTech! video). After building an incredible team at Carnegie Mellon and DAIICT, we began building online games to target high-impact skills for struggling learners. Our learning experiences have since won awards from the National STEM Game Competition, the Marvel Educational App Grand Challenge and the NYC Department of Education. We have also published original research on the efficacy of our games and data technologies. We work extensively with classroom teachers, education researchers and children -- and we are truly excited to share our unique blend of learning science, game design and machine learning with students around the world!
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