Application to serve as a 2021 Mission US advisor
Mission US ( is the award-winning series of history learning games designed for middle school students, from flagship PBS station WNET. We collaborate with educators, game makers, educational researchers, universities, community-based organizations, history learning organizations, and others who share our mission to leverage the power of interactive media to engage young people in the study of U.S. history and help them develop greater historical perspective and empathy.

As we look to the future of Mission US, we are creating a new advisory board of educators, parents, students, and other stakeholders to help guide ongoing work to revitalize, strengthen, and expand the series. In 2021, the Mission US team is in production on a new game about the 1960s civil rights movement and is planning for the revitalization of "Flight to Freedom," our game about slavery and abolitionism in the 1850s, and new missions. We anticipate that advisors will participate in 2-3 virtual meetings and review selected materials over the course of the year. If you are interested in participating, please complete the following questions to let us know about yourself and your interest in the project by Friday, April 30, 2021.
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Email *
Your name *
Your phone number (optional)
Where are you located? (City and State) *
How would describe your background (in terms of race/ethnicity or any other aspects you feel are relevant)?
If you are an educator, which grade levels and subjects do you teach? (Select all that apply)
If you are an educator, how would you describe the demographics of your student population (in terms of race/ethnicity, economic background, ability, or other aspects you feel are relevant)?
If you are a parent, how old is/are your child/ren?
If you are a student, what grade are you currently in?
Tell us about your experience using educational games. In your opinion, what are the benefits of using games like these, and what are the limitations?
Which of the six Mission US games have you (or your kids/students) used and for how long? How have you used them – for example, as a core part of curriculum, with educational support materials provided on the website? As enrichment?
Explain which mission(s) you think are the strongest and why.
If you could revise any of the Mission US games (keeping within the same general role-playing game format, style, and modes of interactions) or supporting classroom materials, what suggestions would you have for improvement?
What unique perspective would you bring as an advisor to Mission US?
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself or your interest in Mission US? Feel free to include any additional comments or questions here.
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