FAQs


Brain Chase’s patented “play release” technology uses a combination of curated online education tools, custom animations, and mysterious packages to deliver a personalized learning experience for your student.

Each week of the challenge will follow the same pattern. First, a short online video will be released on the student dashboard each Monday. The animated webisode will document the next chapter in Mae Merriweather’s quest to locate a golden treasure and uncover clues to the location of missing adventurer, Tate Grayson.

After a student watches the video, she will return to the student dashboard to begin her weekly academic challenges. By clicking on the different icons, she will read specific instructions for the week, find links that lead directly into the academic work, and see current status snapshots each assignment.

Once the work has been successfully completed, the Brain Chase dashboard will automatically unlock an additional video in which Mae and team continue the adventure. The process will repeat each Monday until the challenge is complete.

You and your student will want to watch each video closely – and repeatedly – because the videos are filled with hidden clues that pinpoint the location of a real treasure. Work together to crack the clues and solve the puzzle. Each 24 hours, your student will be allowed to make one guess by clicking on the treasure map. The first student who guesses the correct location within a two-mile radius will win the prize.

While the academic electives can accommodate students in grades 2-12 (and beyond!), we anticipate that students in grades 2-8 are the most likely to be motivated by the animations and treasure hunt. Anyone is welcome to enter, but only those between the ages of six and sixteen as of the official start date will be eligible to win the prize.

Brain Chase lasts for 6-7 weeks during the summer, and 8 weeks during the fall and spring.

By registering for Brain Chase, your student is committing to do about four hours of focused online academic work each week during the summer, or about two hours of academics during the Spring or Fall. Because the curriculum is web-based, she can complete the work whenever, wherever, and in whatever order she prefers.

As a parent, you will be responsible for registering your student and helping her get unstuck if she experiences minor technical issues. You are welcome to assist her with the treasure hunt and the bonus challenges, but please make sure the academic work is entirely her own.

Great question! We absolutely love big families, and we want everyone to be able to participate. That’s why we changed our starting price from $199 per student (additional children $100) to $69 per participant. At that price point, we’re unable to offer additional discounts and coupons – but the everyday price is still significantly lower than our previous sibling discount price – so hopefully that helps.

If you’re creating teams for a library, school, group, or district, that’s different. Please reach out to us at groupsales@brainchase.com.

We understand that every family has to find ways to make ends meet and want to help out as much as possible. Click here to learn about resources available to you and your family.

 

Absolutely!! We have thousands of students from outside the US who join us each year. A couple things to keep in mind:

  • Please select the SCOUT package, then purchase any t-shirts, adventure tools, or other gear separately through the Brain Chase Shop. Don’t worry – all of the electives can be purchased a la carte. This options simply lets you help us with international shipping costs (thank you!).
  • Some states and countries don’t support participation in competitions like Brain Chase, so please check the contest rules to see if you are officially eligible to win the prize.  IF YOU’RE NOT ELIGIBLE TO WIN, don’t worry – you can still participate in the full academic challenge, and you can still make guesses about the whereabouts of the treasure. If you’re the first to find it, we’ll still find a way to take care of you.
  • Are you a US citizen who’s living abroad? As long as you can claim one of the US states as your place of residence for tax purposes, you’re in good shape. But please select the SCOUT package.

Click here for a side-by-side package comparison. Basically, the larger the package, the more you’ll save on bundling different electives (and the more Brain Chase swag you’ll receive). If you register at a level that doesn’t include an elective you’d like, you may still purchase that elective a la carte for a small additional cost.

All packages have an equal shot at winning the treasure.

The amount of weekly work required depends on the electives selected, not on the package purchased. Some electives require more time and parental involvement than others. Our electives page will help you determine which electives are a good fit for your family.

On the first day of the Brain Chase semester, you and your student can go to www.brainchase.com and click the “Log In” button in the upper right hand corner. To log in, enter your child’s login and password that you created for their account when you customized your child’s profile. (Note this is your child’s login, not parent’s.) Each child has a separate account, but you can log in two or more of your children at the same time from different devices.

School and Group Brain Chase participants can log into their Student Dashboards at any time during the semester’s first week through the same Log In procedure. Student logins will be managed by the Brain Chase Guide.

See this Getting Started guide for more information.

No! That is simply the first time the student dashboard will be available and the first video can be watched. You and your student can start Brain Chase at any time and there is no penalty for starting later and no reward for starting right at the exact time the Student Dashboards open. So don’t worry if you get to it later in the day or even later in the week. It is always possible to catch up; it is not possible to move ahead to the next week before the following Monday.

Keep in mind that the first week is also a “Warm-up Week,” allowing students to test their electives and the Student Dashboard without feeling pressure of winning the treasure hunt.

 

This fall, all Brain Chase students will receive one adventure tool. As long as you used the parent dashboard to provide a mailing address (and special instructions if you’re traveling), your package will arrive around the first or second week of the program.

We mail out of Austin, Texas through the US Postal Service.

Parents and students log in from the same page, so parents must first log out in order for their students to sign on.

Parent Log in:

We automatically send an email with instructions regarding how to set up your Parent Dashboard after you register. Sometimes these emails go to Spam or Promotions. If you cannot find this email, or have forgotten your username or password, we will happily reset your account. Simply email a request to info@brainchase.com

Student Log in:

All student login information is found on the main page of the Parent Dashboard under the words “Student Passbook.” Your Khan Academy login information is also located within the Math Challenge section of the student dashboard.

We do not provide logins for, Rosetta Stone, Google Books, or other electives because the sign-in is automatic. You are only able to access these sites by linking to them from your student dashboard.

Have you signed the User Covenants? Log in to your Parent Dashboard, scroll down to the Student Passbook, and select Edit Profile under Student Info. Now scroll to the very bottom of the Student Information page to the blue box labeled SIGN PARENT AND STUDENT COVENANTS. Click to review the covenants, then check the boxes, and click SAVE CHANGES.

Is it still the Warm-up Week? You need to wait until the Week One videos are released.

Have you already registered a guess within the last 24 hours? You’ll need to wait until the clock counter reaches zero before you can guess again!

Are you submitting coordinates in the correct format? Instead of copying coordinates from Google Earth or another program and pasting them into your coordinate boxes, try simply clicking on the Treasure Map and letting it auto-generate your coordinates for you. Then click “Submit.”

Brain Chase is an online challenge, so you’ll need a high-speed internet connection. It will work on the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari web browsers. You will be able to complete many of the academic challenges on tablets (i.e., math and reading), but since others will be more difficult (i.e., writing), we strongly recommend having a desktop or laptop available. Please note – if you don’t have access to an appropriate device or an adequate internet connection, then you won’t be able to participate. Plus, it would be hard for you to be reading this right now. Please contact us at info@brainchase.com with any technical questions.

Having trouble seeing your energy points from Khan Academy sync with Brain Chase? Please make sure that the username and password appearing at the bottom of the Math Challenge page match EXACTLY with your Khan Academy login information. Here are a few other tips (and a video) that might help:

  • Are multiple participants using the same computer? Make sure you’re logging in to your own Khan accounts! The link on your math page only takes you to the Khan Academy site – from there, it’s very easy to make the mistake of logging in to someone else’s Khan account. Make sure you log out of Khan Academy, then log back in with your own credentials.
  • Are you just getting started? Remember that you won’t receive credit for some of the “warm up” problems you complete on Khan Academy. Keep practicing some skills, and you’ll see the points start to pile up.
  • Are you using your own Khan Academy account instead of the one we provided? Make sure you’ve entered your credentials correctly on the Parent Dashboard (they will also appear on your Math Challenge page), and be sure you’ve set info@brainchase.com as your coach in Khan Academy.
  • Please check that your username is made up of only alphanumeric symbols – email addresses, hyphens, apostrophes, quotation marks, or other symbols will not allow Brain Chase to sync with Khan Academy. If this is your issue, please reach out to us at info@brainchase.com and we will help you find a solution.

 

Having trouble syncing your time with TypingClub? TypingClub is very good at awarding minutes the first time you complete an exercise, but not so much when an exercise is repeated. We understand that most students who choose this elective are beginners – and will be repeating exercises – so we added a Manual Override option on the Parent Dashboard. Once your student has completed about an hour of active typing time each week (summer programs) or 30 minutes of active typing time each week (spring and fall programs), please feel free to manually add minutes and pass them through the week.

 

Not seeing credit for your Google Books reading time? Here are a few ideas:

  • First of all, make sure you’re reading on the Brain Chase Google Books page, and not leaving Brain Chase to go directly to Google Books! We’ll never see your reading minutes that way.
  • Remember that you won’t receive credit for time spent browsing different titles – only time spent inside a book. And please make sure you’re actively engaging with the content by turning pages and scrolling. If you remain inactive for more than 7 minutes, the system will believe you’ve checked out, and it will stop counting your time.
  • We’re also hearing that some web browsers work better than others. Make sure you’re using the most up-to-date version of one of the major web browsers (see technical requirements here). Still not having luck? Try using a different browser.

If you’re actively reading but not seeing your time update, please send us an email with your username, web browser, and whether you’re on a Mac or a PC. Also, please tell us how many minutes you should be seeing, and we’ll update your dashboard accordingly.

 

If your time isn’t recording with Rosetta Stone, keep in mind that you only earn credit in six-minute increments. Learning a new language is like going to the gym for your brain; you can’t expect to see progress if you only exercise for a few minutes at a time.

We’ve worked to make sure your child can seamlessly access our academic partners through the Student Dashboard. But if you have trouble getting in, or if you notice that the Student Dashboard isn’t registering your child’s work on the partner site, please reach out to us at info@brainchase.com and we will help you fix the problem.

Your ability to participate in the treasure hunt is not affected if you have technical problems.

Go to the virtual map board and place the pin on the location where you think it’s buried. After each guess, you’ll need to wait 24 hours before guessing again.

Check out this Rosetta Stone Quick Start Guide. Or feel free to contact us at info@brainchase.com.

Google Books is a rich online library of public domain literature. We’ve recommended dozens of titles for each age group (and we’re hoping to hear back with user recommendations as well!), but you’re also free to use the search bar to search for other titles. Here you’ll find unabridged timeless classics including Anne of Green Gables, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Secret Garden, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Romeo & Juliet, and thousands of others.

Two things you’ll want to keep in mind:

  1. Please note that Google Books is NOT the same library as Google Play. Google Play is different service that allows you to pay to download more contemporary titles. Due to complicated publisher licensing agreements, Google currently restricts Google Play titles from integrating into programs like Brain Chase.
  2. You’ll want to avoid “preview” versions of books (unless you’re a fan of unresolved cliffhangers).

Click here for more information about using Google Books with Brain Chase.

We will send weekly email reports on your student’s progress and make all of your student’s learning activity available on your Parent Dashboard.

Please discuss these reports regularly with your child and provide her with encouragement along the journey. You will also be able to view your child’s account at any time.

For Groups and Schools, the Brain Chase Guide will have access to a Guide’s Dashboard where he/she will have access to each student’s account.

This fall, each student must select FOUR electives. This can be done by selecting “Edit Student” on the Parent Dashboard. The electives can be changed during the first week of the program (the “Warm-up Week”).

Brain Chase loves online learning because web-based platforms can personalize content to meet the individual needs of each student. Students can choose the correct level of content to study, then proceed at their own pace through the curriculum. They’re also able to select when and where they study, and in what order they complete the challenges.

The only portions of Brian Chase that AREN’T customized are the animations and the bonus challenges, although we will provide hints if the bonus challenges are too difficult for some students.

Go into your Parent Dashboard and select Edit Student, then make sure you have three electives chosen (even if they aren’t your final choices). Next, scroll down and choose the electives you’d like to add, and make the additional purchases if necessary. The new upgrades will now appear in your available elective list, so make your final three choices and click SAVE.

With over a dozen different electives and several more in the pipeline, there’s always something new to learn at Brain Chase. We listen carefully to your feedback and suggestions, so in order to improve, we may discontinue or replace certain challenges, or even entire electives. Let us know what you think by sending a quick note to info@brainchase.com.

We also strive to refresh and update certain electives from semester to semester. So if you participated in Cooking or Art during the Summer program, prepare for an entire new batch of recipes and masterpieces during the fall.

Having trouble seeing your energy points from Khan Academy sync with Brain Chase? Please make sure that the username and password appearing at the bottom of the Math Challenge page match EXACTLY with your Khan Academy login information. Here are a few other tips (and a video) that might help:

  • Are multiple participants using the same computer? Make sure you’re logging in to your own Khan accounts! The link on your math page only takes you to the Khan Academy site – from there, it’s very easy to make the mistake of logging in to someone else’s Khan account. Make sure you log out of Khan Academy, then log back in with your own credentials.
  • Are you just getting started? Remember that you won’t receive credit for some of the “warm up” problems you complete on Khan Academy. Keep practicing some skills, and you’ll see the points start to pile up.
  • Are you using your own Khan Academy account instead of the one we provided? Make sure you’ve entered your credentials correctly on the Parent Dashboard (they will also appear on your Math Challenge page), and be sure you’ve set info@brainchase.com as your coach in Khan Academy.
  • Please check that your username is made up of only alphanumeric symbols – email addresses, hyphens, apostrophes, quotation marks, or other symbols will not allow Brain Chase to sync with Khan Academy. If this is your issue, please reach out to us at info@brainchase.com and we will help you find a solution.

 

Having trouble syncing your time with TypingClub? TypingClub is very good at awarding minutes the first time you complete an exercise, but not so much when an exercise is repeated. We understand that most students who choose this elective are beginners – and will be repeating exercises – so we added a Manual Override option on the Parent Dashboard. Once your student has completed about an hour of active typing time each week (summer programs) or 30 minutes of active typing time each week (spring and fall programs), please feel free to manually add minutes and pass them through the week.

 

Not seeing credit for your Google Books reading time? Here are a few ideas:

  • First of all, make sure you’re reading on the Brain Chase Google Books page, and not leaving Brain Chase to go directly to Google Books! We’ll never see your reading minutes that way.
  • Remember that you won’t receive credit for time spent browsing different titles – only time spent inside a book. And please make sure you’re actively engaging with the content by turning pages and scrolling. If you remain inactive for more than 7 minutes, the system will believe you’ve checked out, and it will stop counting your time.
  • We’re also hearing that some web browsers work better than others. Make sure you’re using the most up-to-date version of one of the major web browsers (see technical requirements here). Still not having luck? Try using a different browser.

If you’re actively reading but not seeing your time update, please send us an email with your username, web browser, and whether you’re on a Mac or a PC. Also, please tell us how many minutes you should be seeing, and we’ll update your dashboard accordingly.

 

If your time isn’t recording with Rosetta Stone, keep in mind that you only earn credit in six-minute increments. Learning a new language is like going to the gym for your brain; you can’t expect to see progress if you only exercise for a few minutes at a time.

Part of our mission is to promote new online learning technologies. One reason we selected Google Books as a partner is because they accurately track active reading time.

Would you prefer to hold a real book? Not a problem! Just have your parents track your active reading time and update your minutes via the Parent Dashboard.

No! Full access to Rosetta Stone is included with the price of registration! There’s no need to purchase your own Rosetta Stone license in order to access the program during the course of Brain Chase. If you already have a Rosetta Stone login, we still need you to use the account we provide so you can gain credit for your learning.

We also provide you with a Khan Academy account–but you’re not required to use this if you already have your own! If you prefer to use your existing account, log in to the Parent Dashboard and update your student’s profile.

If your child already has a Khan Academy account, there is no need to create a new account. We will simply need your child’s Username and Password to link their account to their student dashboard.

However, with all of our other third-party partners, such as Rosetta Stone, we need to create a new account. We will set this up and link it to your student’s dashboard before the treasure hunt begins.

Google Books is a rich online library of public domain literature. We’ve recommended dozens of titles for each age group (and we’re hoping to hear back with user recommendations as well!), but you’re also free to use the search bar to search for other titles. Here you’ll find unabridged timeless classics including Anne of Green Gables, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Secret Garden, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Romeo & Juliet, and thousands of others.

Two things you’ll want to keep in mind:

  1. Please note that Google Books is NOT the same library as Google Play. Google Play is different service that allows you to pay to download more contemporary titles. Due to complicated publisher licensing agreements, Google currently restricts Google Play titles from integrating into programs like Brain Chase.
  2. You’ll want to avoid “preview” versions of books (unless you’re a fan of unresolved cliffhangers).

Click here for more information about using Google Books with Brain Chase.

Sorry. We allow catching up, but we don’t allow zooming ahead – we don’t want anyone to see any clues before the others.

We’re proud to offer a program that was built with travel and adventure in mind! Whether your student is traveling, attending sleepaway camp, or simply falls behind, Brain Chase will be here when s/he’s ready to move forward.

If you would like to receive your Brain Chase adventure tools at your travel address, we’re happy to help! Just send us at email at info@brainchase.com with the necessary details.

We will send weekly email reports on your student’s progress and make all of your student’s learning activity available on your Parent Dashboard.

Please discuss these reports regularly with your child and provide her with encouragement along the journey. You will also be able to view your child’s account at any time.

For Groups and Schools, the Brain Chase Guide will have access to a Guide’s Dashboard where he/she will have access to each student’s account.

It’s hard! But it needs to be, since all you’ll need to do is click on a map to win. And think of all the online resources you have access to! Click here to see how Grayson and Jack Engler solved the mystery in Summer 2014 and here to see how Ashton Detwiler and his family solved it in Summer 2015.

Students need to complete the learning challenge entirely on their own – they shouldn’t have adults doing their academic challenges for them. But once the clues are unlocked, it’s open season. We love when parents and children can work on projects together. Besides, we suspect that children will be better than grownups at finding hidden clues.

In Club Brain Chase and after school programs, students and Guides can work together on the Bonus Challenges and the treasure hunt clues. All academic work must be done by the individual students.

Haha. We’re glad you’re curious. But we’ll never tell you. All we can say is that it’s buried someplace wonderful.

Don’t worry, someone will find the treasure. If no one finds the treasure by the last day of the final week, we will begin posting additional clues until the correct answer is submitted.

Not even close!

Each semester contains an entirely new and unique treasure hunt. While the story line, animations and buried treasure may be repeated, all clues embedded in the animations, the riddle and treasure location are entirely new every semester.

So, for example, even if you’ve searched for the Sunstone of Cortes with us before, you will have a brand new experience if you join us on a future hunt for the Sunstone of Cortes!

Go to the virtual map board and place the pin on the location where you think it’s buried. After each guess, you’ll need to wait 24 hours before guessing again.

After the chase goes live, our team of treasure monitors will be watching as the guesses flow in. Each guess will be time-stamped, and the first guess that lies within a two mile radius of the actual location will be considered the winner – provided they pass the quick audit. We’ll want to see that the student actually completes the entire challenge, that their work is authentic, and that they abide by all of the Official Rules.

OF COURSE! Do you think we’d let you have the treasure if you took a shortcut to adventure? All academic modules in the Student Dashboard must be completed and unlocked. (For Clubs, all members of the club must complete the academic work to be eligible to win.) So stick with the challenge!

YES. Brain Chase will fly the winner and one guardian to the treasure’s location and cover meals and accommodations.

Then find it! This is a treasure hunt, after all.

We also provide a virtual version of each Adventure Tool, since not all participants elect to receive them (see the Hints on the relevant Bonus Challenge pages), or you can order replacements from the Brain Chase Shop.

Didn’t see your question here? Email us at info@brainchase.com

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