Program Details, Policies, and Philosophies

Participants in eInvestigators play the role of student, online sleuth, and researcher as they navigate an academically challenging scenario over the course of one month.

Students use Web 2.0 tools to create and present their findings, and they interact with their peers and instructors using those same tools. They also participate in weekly live meetings.

Each term of eInvestigators is a stand-alone experience and can be combined with subsequent sessions to provide students with opportunities to expand their knowledge in a variety of disciplines while strengthening the underlying academic skills required to solve each case.

Learn more about the academic philosophy of the program.

Cases and agencies

When students enroll in eInvestigators, they need to choose an agency as well as a case. A case is the equivalent of a course, and agencies represent the preset time options for each case’s weekend live sessions.

Students may not change cases or agencies after placement or during the term, so be sure to select a case that interests your student and an agency that will fit your family’s weekend schedule for the duration of the term. When applying to eInvestigators, you may give more than one choice of case and agency to increase your chances of being placed in the program.

Agency details

Agencies are important because all eInvestigators students are required to attend a one-hour live session each of the five consecutive weekends they are enrolled in a case.

Each weekend, students choose one session from the two live sessions offered by their agency. They can then choose to attend the other session time in their agency the following week, if need be.

Each case in the program is offered in one or both of the Agency 1 and Agency 2 formats, which offer different meeting times:

  • Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. (ET) for Agency 1
  • Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. (ET) for Agency 2

Learn more about the time commitment required.

eInvestigators is a month-long online program for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders that takes place each year in the spring, summer, and fall. Using leading-edge instructional technology, participants collaborate with a small group of classmates and an expert Lead Investigator to collect clues about a real-life mystery, analyze evidence, and propose theories.