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iCivics and ESA Foundation Launch Digital Learning Tool

Founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics enhances literacy, civics education

WASHINGTON, D.C. – iCivics, together with the ESA Foundation, today announced the release of a new free digital learning tool called DBQuest: Eyes on the Prize.

Funded by the ESA Foundation and created by iCivics, DBQuest is a reading and critical thinking tool that challenges students to tackle important civic questions using primary source documents and analytical skill. Students are guided through a collection of texts, photographs and video clips and are asked to engage and analyze these materials in a supportive setting.

"Our rapidly changing world has made the age-old skills of reading for comprehension and understanding our country's historical documents more important than ever,” said U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, founder and chairwoman of iCivics, a nonprofit that prepares the next generation of engaged citizens through digital curricula. “DBQuest provides students with opportunities to build these crucial skills. We are grateful to the ESA Foundation for their support in bringing DBQuest to classrooms nationwide.”

“The ESA Foundation is committed to leveraging technology to cultivate richer learning environments that capture students’ interest,” said Jenny Lai, vice president of ESA Foundation, an organization created by the U.S. video game industry to create positive social impact. “We are proud to partner with iCivics, an innovator in the digital learning space, to educate and inspire our future civic leaders through DBQuest.”

iCivics' initial DBQuest challenge focuses on the Nashville sit-in movement of 1960 and draws from the landmark civil rights documentary “Eyes on the Prize.” iCivics plans to develop more DBQuest challenges that will offer teachers an array of topics. DBQuest is currently available to teachers, students and the public free of charge at www.icivics.org.

About iCivics
iCivics Inc. is nonprofit organization that empowers teachers with effective and engaging resources to develop the next generation of citizens. iCivics was founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to develop new and innovative approaches to civic education. iCivics’ game-centered curriculum provides K-12 students with the tools they need for active participation and democratic action. Today iCivics’ innovative resources are used by over 62,000 educators and more than six million students nationwide, making iCivics one of the largest classroom-based digital civics educational resources in the country. For more information, visit www.icivics.org.

About ESA Foundation
Created by the American entertainment software industry, the ESA Foundation works to make a positive difference in the lives of America’s youth. ESA Foundation creates educational opportunities by providing scholarships to the next generation of industry innovators and supporting organizations that leverage entertainment software and technology. The proceeds from a signature annual fundraiser, Nite to Unite – for Kids and other charitable initiatives support this mission. For more information, visit esafoundation.org or on Twitter: @ESA Foundation.

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