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The Gates Foundation

Stemuli was selected for investment and to participate in a two-year rapid cycle testing cohort with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Through this work, we will conduct research and development on AI and immersive gaming technology features that effectively advance motivation, engagement and persistence in math for U.S. K-12 students who are Black, Latino, and/or experiencing poverty. 

In alarming statistics published by Gallup, we found that 2 of every 3 students feel disengaged in daily classes, only 12% of the K-12 curriculum meets workforce demands, and 77% of all 8th grade students in America do not earn a degree or certification post-high school. This number increases when only focusing on economically disadvantaged groups, which has severe implications for a student’s lifetime earning potential and negatively impacts our greater communities.

In response, the collaboration between Stemuli, SMU, and The Gates Foundation aims to utilize grant funds to develop a generative gaming platform for continuous learning. The goal of the research is to show Stemuli’s impact on motivation, engagement, and persistence (MEP) of students in math, particularly for learners who are black, brown, and/or experiencing poverty. The study will also evaluate how MEP is impacted by Stemuli’s innovative approach of integrating personalized learning experiences within a video game environment to embrace learner interests and boost career discovery. The generative gaming experience is designed to guide students through the development of their own personalized career pathways with the intention of leading them to a higher earning potential. Through the partnership, Stemuli has access to industry experts ISTE, WestEd, CASEL, and ELSF to ensure our technology is best in class in cultural relevance, UX/UI design, support of SEL, and English Language Learners.  This initiative seeks to make a substantial improvement in the educational experiences of diverse, underserved students nationwide.