The Partnership in Education's App Wins International Gaming Award

CityHacks: In Search of Sleep, a free app developed by Duquesne University Biological Sciences Professor Dr. John Pollock and the organization The Partnership in Education, recently received the bronze honor at the 2016 Serious Play Conference.

Serious Play, an international leadership conference hosted by the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, brings together professionals from around the world who want to revolutionize learning through the use of digital games and simulations.

The Partnership in Education is a STEM education and health literacy research and development group led by Pollock, who began developing CityHacks in 2014 after recognizing the need for high-quality educational apps in K-12 classrooms using iPads and tablets more frequently. CityHacks is the first of Pollock’s interactive e-book game series, BibioTech™, which focuses on modern neuroscience research, neurological health and health literacy.

CityHacks: In Search of Sleep is designed to be fun and engaging to read while at the same time, providing a learning experience about the biology, science and social science behind sleep,” said Pollock. “We all need it—now kids are learning why it’s so important.”

The interactive nature of the game allows users, typically students 4th through 8th grade, to control where the character goes in the story while collecting notes in a digital notebook about sleeping. With nearly 500 different ways to read the adventure, students are tested on their note-taking and reading comprehension capabilities.

In addition, the CityHacks app won the 2016 Parent’s Choice Award and has been named one of the Top 10 “Education and Gaming Projects of the Year” by the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s 2016 Create Festival.

CityHacks: In Search of Sleep is available for free download in the iTunes store and will become available for Android systems later this year. More information about the tools, resources, games, and curriculum created by The Partnership in Education can be found here.

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