Brain Chase - The Sunstone of Cortes

Designing a mechanical golden treasure

Brain Chase is quite easily one of the most amazing online summer learning programs for kids.  It’s the winner of the “Mom’s Choice Award” and has been touted extensively by none other than the New York times.

Six weeks of reading, science, and math are perfectly blended into a series of animated episodes that take children on a virtual, global treasure hunt.  What is not virtual, however, is the treasure.  Brain Chase buries a real treasure in a far corner of the world where it waits for a smart, hard working kid to solve the riddles and find its location.  And Sisu gets to make the treasure.

For 2015, this treasure was the Sunstone of Cortes, a gold-plated ancient calendar with concentric geared rings, secret buttons, and a hidden compartment that rises out of the center.

How does it work?  See the video below.


Brain Chase did an amazing write up on Sisu:

“Right before my eyes, the Brain Chase treasure was evolving from a simple golden trinket to an elaborate mechanical device – an artifact right out of Indiana Jones or National Treasure. Sisu got the job, and the rest, as they say, is history.”

Allan Staker, Co-Founder and CEO

The Sunstone of Cortes was unearthed this year at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan.  See the exciting conclusion of Brain Chase year 2.

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