In this immersive algebra learning game, you'll join a task force to understand how a virus spreads through everyday activities. By exploring containment strategies hands-on, you'll develop an exponential growth model to determine when the virus overwhelms your city's hospitals to save the city!
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Feb 26, 2021

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Our software is currently in the beta development cycle. All of our in-game features are developed but will be refined and improved upon during the early access period. Early user testing of our early access version has shown that it is fully playable, with overwhelmingly positive user feedback and an average improvement in learning outcomes of 20%. Therefore, the experience is well worth the price tag for early access.

The goal of the early access release is to gather usage data that is necessary for continuous improvement of in-game features, user interactions, and accessibility. In addition, it will be used to complete the calibration of a hint system that will support users in successfully meeting the learning objectives of our product. By getting our beta version in the hands of early access users, we will obtain feedback that is necessary for the iterative optimization of critical features for our final release.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Our game will remain in Early Access until Fall 2021, after we have collected sufficient feedback to make the most meaningful and final changes to our application.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version will feature the same narrative and structure as the early access version. Over the course of the early access period, we will gather a range of user data logs that will be used to improve the design and functionality of the final version. These include, but are not limited to, metrics on:
  • Time taken to complete specific tasks, 3D tool usage (e.g. duration, frequency), formative assessments, user attention at particular moments, and any errors or software crashes.

We will also be actively soliciting feedback from users on their overall experience through a range of communications channels.

Comprehensive analysis of the log data and customer feedback collected over the early access period will impact the integration of additional mathematical content support (in the form of hints provided by the in-game virtual assistant), as well as enhanced UI interfaces and interactions that will improve accessibility for all users.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The early access version of our game features a stable, fully functional build. It features two separate learning modules, each of which includes a range of instructional tools and UI features that are designed to support the successful completion of the experience.

The goal of the early access release is to gather user data and feedback that will be critical in enhancing the design and effectiveness of these built-in features and tools.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Given the changes we will make during the early access period to optimize user interactions, improve accessibility and provide more comprehensive in-game learning assistance, our full version will be priced at a slightly higher cost. Existing early access users will be able to access the full version at no cost when it gets released.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We ask our users to sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on all developments regarding our module, which we send every month via email.

We have created a Discord server in order to cultivate a community of early access users. This will serve as a forum for users to provide feedback to our development team, as well as a place for them to access additional resources that will help optimize their experience of the module.

We also encourage users to follow us on social media (i.e., twitter), where they can receive all updates regarding our first release as well as additional information about our associated activities.”
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About This Game

Learn By Solving Real-World Problems

Have you ever wondered how scientists developed strategies to limit the impact of the 2020 pandemic on human lives and health systems?

Pandemic by Prisms is an immersive algebra learning game that builds lasting fluency with exponential functions and allows you to apply algebraic thinking to one of the most important problems today - the global pandemic. While it does not deal with the science behind pandemics, it is designed to equip you with foundational algebra skills to understand how to make informed decisions about a critical public health issue.

Collaborate With Us!

We’re launching our beta module to collaborate with users (like you!) to gather feedback so that we can continue to iterate and make this module fun, engaging, and meaningful for all users!

Please leave us a review, provide feedback, or ask us any questions on our Discord. We will be refining and finalizing our module based on reviews and user feedback from this beta launch - we can’t wait to hear from you! We will be releasing an update to this application later in 2021.

A Mathematical Approach from the Comfort of Your Room

Experience how a virus spreads through everyday activities and join a task force!

Explore virus containment strategies hands-on (literally!) and discover how math modeling can inform public policies

Feel, touch, & move to develop mathematical intuition and discover the underlying structure of exponentials

Get fluent with graphing and equations and determine when a virus overwhelms our city’s hospitals and save the city!

This module was developed with support from the National Science Foundation.

Math Is Not Boring Anymore

Prisms’ built-in math tools enable players to experiment, iterate, and gain fluency faster. Whether you use exponential functions every day or don’t remember what the word means, Prisms guarantees fun and intuitive learning for:

  • High school students, to easily understand core math concepts
  • Middle school students eager to learn advanced topics in math
  • Parents, to refresh their algebra skills
  • Teachers, to stay sharp and informed on new pedagogical approaches
  • VR enthusiasts interested in educational applications

Stellar Team For Stellar Results

Prisms is an educational company based in New York. We are an award-winning team of educators, designers, curriculum developers who are passionate about education. Backed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and partnered with diverse schools across NY, MA, and CA, our mission is to create a new paradigm for STEM learning.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-4590 or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 970 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Required
    • Additional Notes: headphones recommended
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1060 or greater
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Required
    • Additional Notes: headphones recommended
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