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WNET (New York, NY 10019-7416)
Sandra Sheppard (Project Director: February 2016 to November 2021)

Digital Humanities Implementation Grants
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 8/31/2019

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.