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US Department of Education awards $900k to Schell Games for VR education


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The United States Department of Education has awarded a grant of $900,000 to Pittsburgh-based development studio Schell Games to further work on its content creation program, HistoryMaker VR.


The grant comes from the Small Business Innovation Research program at the Institute of Education Sciences, with Schell Games being one of eight companies offered the Phase II grant in 2019. Previously, Schell Games was offered the Phase I grant in 2018, and has also been awarded the same grants for titles such as Happy Atoms and HoloLAB Champions.


Funds will be used to continue development of HistoryMaker VR, a tool targeted to middle school students that lets them embody and interact as historical characters, acting out scenes from history using props specific to that era. Plans include adding additional character capabilities, presentation options, and other new features.


The app is being developed for more classroom-affordable, untethered, all-in-one VR hardware, such as the Oculus Quest.


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