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About the game

Advance U: The TALENT Machine is an engaging way to introduce students to the concepts of neuroplasticity and mindset theory. The game, designed for 11th to 12th graders, blends digital game based learning with a contemporary setting where students must first learn and then apply the concepts of Mindset and Neuroplasticity. 

A new program has been enacted at McLaren Academy. A machine has been created that measures a student’s natural talents and then determines the job that student is best suited for. Unfortunately, this machine ignores the human capability to learn and grow beyond the limits of their natural talents. To reclaim their educational autonomy and stop the machine from being adopted by more schools, it is up to the students to prove that the TALENT Machine will not work by learning about neuroplasticity and mindset.


  • Mindset Theory Instruction
  • LMS Integration
  • Designed for 11-12 Graders
  • Increases College Preparedness
  • Engaging, Authentic Instruction
  • Cross-Platform Learning Tool

Instructor's Resources

The K20 Center supports instructors to effectively integrate Advance U: The TALENT Machine into their classrooms by providing full implementation support, tiered technical support, and a handy Instructor’s Guide that will:

  • Introduce the gameplay mechanics
  • Explain Academic Mindset Theory and Neuroplasticity
  • Provide suggestions for classroom activities that can be used in conjunction with the game.

Download Instructor's Guide

In addition to integration support, the K20 Center’s GamePortal allows Instructors to view each individual student’s progress, time on scenarios as well as success/failure indicators.

Minimum Specifications

Operating System:System Memory:CPU:
Windows® 7/8/10 (64 bit) or MacOS X 10.5 or later 4 GB RAM Intel Dual Core 2.3 GHz to 2.69 GHz or equal
DirectX 9 compatible video card 1024x768 or higher Broadband Internet connection (at least 512 Kbps)
Hard Drive Space:Graphics Card:Graphics Memory
1 GB free Hard disk space Nvidia 8000 Series (recommend NVIDIA 8800 or higher) or equal 512MB or more
Supported Browsers:
Mozilla Firefox & Chrome

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