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DHS Centers of Excellence Science Fair Projects

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Department of Homeland Security
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Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
The Athena Group, Inc.
408 West University Avenue Suite 306 Gainesville, FL 32601-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: DHS Centers of Excellence Science Fair Projects
Agency: DHS
Contract: N10PC20003
Award Amount: $750,000.00


DHS Centers of Excellence provide exceptional contemporary scientific information and discoveries. The K-12 learning community could benefit from access to these resources. Athena has identified a strategy/technology that overcomes the problems associated with converting DHS content into learning material for mainstream K-12 education. Under a Phase I SBIR project, The Athena Group, Inc. (Athena), focused on translating DHS Center of Excellence discoveries into exciting, age-appropriate science fair kit (SFK) projects. In Phase II, the SFK project will be vastly expanded and include new features. The SFK solution will be rigorously evaluated by middle school students/faculty from the Orlando, FL and New York, NY area school districts.  Many science fair support packages provide only step-by-step project procedures. SFKs use 3-D simulations, virtual instruments, and scenario-based lessons to produce better qualified S&T students with a deeper appreciation of DHS research activities. Another benefit comes from connecting students` parents with cutting-edge DHS materials. Parents encounter DHS resources when helping their students create meaningful science projects.  Athena is experienced in developing/ marketing learning technology to the K-12 market. SFKs will serve this market and be released to students at no cost. Athena will develop a sustained revenue stream through sponsorship, donations, and other mechanisms.  

Principal Investigator:

Elroy Bolduc

Business Contact:

Monica A. Murphy
Small Business Information at Submission:

The Athena Group, Inc.
408 W University Avenue Suite 306 Gainesville, FL 32605

EIN/Tax ID: 592724492
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No