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Consent for Research Questionnaire Study
Would you like to help us in a research study? If so, please read and agree to the consent form below.

I have been asked to participate in a research study under the direction of Dr. Michael Lee from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

Purpose

This research is to study the groups who play programming games in general, how they find the games to play, how they choose a game to play, and what their motivations are to play. The research result will serve as a guide for designers to design programming games.

Participants & Duration

I will be one of about 500 participants and my participation in this study will last for up to 30 minutes.

Procedures

After approving this consent form, I will answer questions on the survey and submit them when I am ready. All answers are anonymous. I may choose to stop participating at any time and either submit what I have completed or not submit any answers at all. My data will be used exclusively for research and no other purpose. Names are only used for verifying your consent and is not linked to responses. The researchers do not collect any personally identifiable information in my responses.

Risks/Discomforts

There are no immediate risks that have been identified for participating in this study. There also may be risks and discomforts that are not yet known. I fully recognize that there are risks that I may be exposed to by volunteering which are inherent in participating in any study; I understand that I am not covered by NJIT’s insurance policy for any injury or loss I might sustain in the course of participating in the study.

Confidentiality

I understand confidential is not the same as anonymous. Confidential means that my name will not be disclosed if there exists a documented linkage between my identity and my responses as recorded in the research records. Every effort will be made to maintain the confidentiality of my study records. If the findings from the study are published, I will not be identified by name. My identity will remain confidential unless disclosure is required by law.

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(If you are under 18 years old, please type in your name AND the name of a parent/guardian that you have received permission from to participate in this study)

Background

Gidget is a game designed to teach computer programming concepts through debugging puzzles. Gidget the robot was damaged on its way to clean up a chemical spill and save the animals, so it is the players' job to fix Gidget's problematic code to complete all the missions. As the levels become more challenging, players can combine newly introduced concepts with previously used commands to succeed solving the puzzles and progress through the game.

The research and development of Gidget is led by Michael J. Lee . Prior to its public release, over 800 online participants played through various versions of the game, and over 60 teenagers played through the game and created their own levels during four summer camps.

Donate

Research and development have been generously sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Microsoft's Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF), and Google.

If you enjoy playing Gidget and would like to help keep it running, please consider donating to help pay for server and bandwidth costs.

Credits
Lead Developers:
Michael Lee, PhD
Andrew Ko, PhD

Art:
Fanny Luor

Analytics:
Polina Charters



Thanks to:
Ellen Ko
Andre Stackhouse
Taylor Cuilty
Margaret Burnett, PhD
Developers:
Nadav Ashkenazi
Michael Beswetherick
Staffan Hellman
Steven Raden
Christina Xiao

Help System:
Irwin Kwan, PhD
William Jernigan



Faezeh Bahmani
Amber Horvath
Jilian LaFerte
Philip Reed

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