Getting Started with Brain Chase
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What do I do when the Chase begins?
On the day your Dashboard opens, visit www.brainchase.com and click the “Log In” button in the upper right hand corner. To log in, enter your student’s login and password you created when you customized the student profile. (Note – this is the student’s login, not the parent’s. Can’t find your student’s credentials? Log into the Parent Dashboard, scroll to Student Passbook and look under the column ‘Dashboard Login.’) Each student has a separate account, but you can log in two or more of your children at the same time from different devices.
Do I have to log in precisely when the dashboard opens?
No! Your student can start Brain Chase at any time. There is no penalty for starting late and no reward for starting right when it opens. 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. But, it is not possible to move ahead to the next week before the following Monday.
Note: For our after-school spring and fall Chases, the dashboard opens at 3 p.m. Eastern. For the summer Chase, it opens at 9 a.m. Eastern.
What is the “Warm-up Week”?
In order to facilitate a smooth onboarding experience, Brain Chase grants users a one-week period to try the different electives, sync their accounts, and make sure everything is working properly before the first clues are released. The Warm-up Week is structured like the other weeks, but the requirements are minimal. Of course, you’re not limited to the challenge requirements, so if you’re ready to knock out some calculus or dive into Russian with Rosetta Stone, go for it!
Note: For the New Year’s Resolution version, the Warm-up Week will only be one day long.
We opted to receive the Adventure Tools… what if my student hasn’t received any packages in the mail yet?
Don’t worry! Your student probably won’t receive anything until after Warm-up week. If you have customized your student’s account in the Parent Dashboard and submitted your current mailing address, your first package will be arriving shortly. Virtual versions of each adventure tool will be made available, so if you are traveling or don’t get your tool in time, you will not be at a disadvantage. If you would like to receive your adventure tool at a different location from the address you put into the Parent Dashboard, please email us at email@example.com and we will do our best to accommodate your travel plans.
What do we do after logging in?
Once your student has logged in, he/she will enter the Student Dashboard. To become familiar with the dashboard ahead of time, watch our video tutorials by clicking here and then clicking on the Reading, Writing, Math and Bonus icons to learn how each of these modules works. Your student will watch the first video and then proceed to do the academic work by clicking on the challenge icons.
Does it matter in what order my student does the work?
No. Your student can select any of the four modules to start with, and they can even leave a module for a time and come back to it later in the week. The module will continue to keep track of how much work your child has done, but it will remain gold until the required work is completed. When your student has finished all of the required work, the icons will change colors and a check mark will appear in the corner. When all four modules are completed for the week, the next video will unlock automatically.
What if we have trouble getting into the academic partners’ sites?
We’ve worked to make sure your student 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 first check our FAQ and Technical Requirements pages. If you’re still having problems, click the Support button or reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you fix the problem. Your ability to participate in the treasure hunt is not affected if you have technical problems.
How can I keep track of my student’s work?
Parents, Guides and Teachers can log into their dashboard at any time and check on your student’s academic progress. Additionally, we will send you an email each Monday morning inviting you to check on your child’s work. Remember, you can use your dashboard to log your student’s off-line reading time, if they are not using one of our online partners.
How do we look for the treasure?
The clues are embedded in the animated series. As your student watches the videos, he/she should take careful note of numbers, symbols, maps and even plot twists in the story. These all lead to the location of the real treasure. For more detailed insight into the treasure hunt, you can read this blog post by Brain Chase founder Allan Staker, and follow our Facebook page. We’ll be posting clues and messages there throughout the program.
How do we guess the treasure’s location?
Every 24 hours, each student can drop a pin on the map to register their guess of the treasure’s location. To access the map, click “Find the Treasure” at the top of the Student Dashboard. A countdown clock will let your student know how long they must wait before guessing again. The winning pin must be within a 2-mile radius of the actual location.
Could the treasure be located before the end of the program?
Sure, but someone would have to be very lucky to drop a pin within a 2-mile radius before they’ve collected all of the clues to the riddle. Clues will continue coming even through the very last video, so the best strategy for winning is simply to stay on top of the academic work, study the clues and keep making educated guesses on the map. In addition to pinpointing the treasure’s location, the winner must also complete all 6-8 weeks of academic work.
When will you announce the winner?
Even if the treasure is pinpointed before the end of the program, we will not announce the winner until the final week of our program is complete. It may even take a few days after the final videos are unlocked for someone to actually pinpoint the treasure’s location. In general, you can expect a winner to be announced shortly after the program’s final week.