When Christine and John Engler heard about a new online summer learning program called Brain Chase last spring, they decided it was worth a try. “I always look for something academic for them to do in the summer,” said Ms. Engler of her sons, Jack, 10, and Grayson, 8. “It’s usually a workbook or work sheets from the school, and a there’s always a lot of nagging.”
But through Brain Chase, about to enter its second year, the Engler family of Austin, Tex., found itself swept up in an exciting learning experience that included a six-week global treasure hunt for a buried “artifact” in Spain, a free trip abroad and, ultimately, a $10,000 scholarship in cash.
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