Getting Started with Brain Chase
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How do we get started with Brain Chase?
- Choose an upcoming program and register here
- Shortly after submitting your registration you’ll receive a welcome email with a link to your Parent Dashboard
- It can take several minutes to receive this email – please be patient
- Please check your SPAM folders if you’re not seeing the welcome email
- If you don’t see the email after 15 minutes, feel free to send us a note at email@example.com and we will resend your credentials
- Follow the link to your Parent Dashboard and proceed to:
- Create a new Parent username and password
- Locate the login information for your students
- Sign the User Covenants for each student (mandatory)
- Confirm each student’s mailing address
- Adjust each student’s electives and make elective upgrade purchases if necessary
- You’re all set! Now you wait for the Warm-up Week to begin
What do we do when the Chase begins?
At the appointed day and time, have your student access the Student Dashboard by visiting www.brainchase.com and clicking the “Log In” button in the upper righthand corner. To log in, enter your student’s credentials as listed on the Parent Dashboard.
Do we 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. 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 mandatory, not optional. It’s structured just like the other weeks, except:
- The weekly requirements are minimal
- No clues are available and no treasure guesses are allowed
- Student information won’t appear on the Parent Dashboard
Please Note – for some programs, the Warm-up Week might only last a day or two. Check the clock counter on the Student Dashboard for specific details.
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 the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to accommodate your travel plans.
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. When your student has finished all of the required work, a green 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 hard 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 email@example.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.
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 week inviting you to revisit your Parent Dashboard and check in on their work.
How do we look for the treasure?
Clues to the treasure’s location are hidden throughout the animations and film clips. 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 the comments and hints posted on our Facebook page.
How do we guess the treasure’s location?
Every 24 hours, each student can drop a pin on the map to register a guess. 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. If typing in coordinates instead of dropping a pin on the map, make sure you adhere to the recommended format.
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 of the academic work for the program.
When will a winner be announced?
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.