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SBIR Phase II: Green Engineering Magnet (GEM) Project

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1127544
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
EA
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
The Athena Group, Inc.
408 West University Avenue Suite 306 Gainesville, FL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: SBIR Phase II: Green Engineering Magnet (GEM) Project
Agency: NSF
Contract: 1127544
Award Amount: $470,572.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project proposes to research and develop the Green Engineering Magnet (GEM) Project in response to a national need to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) studies at the middle and elementary school levels. The GEM Project answers the question: ?How can one actively moti-vate today?s young scholars to pursue STEM studies in a meaningful and sustained manner?? The GEM Project uses the natural youthful attraction of green studies as a magnet to draw students into meaningful and relevant STEM studies. The Phase II GEM Project will frame an expanded list of Phase I STEM core topics and studies in the context of green engineering activities, providing students with authentic experiences that support the learning of STEM concepts presented in class. To achieve this goal, Athena will fuse together three powerful learning technologies beginning with immersive, high-value 3-D STEM simulators. Next, requisite data collection, display, and analysis activities will be channeled through virtual instrument portals that mirror real-world data collection activities. Lastly, software-enabled scenario-based learning motifs will be used to integrate, deliver, assess, and remediate content as authentic STEM activities. As a result, GEM students will engage in green engineering challenges by making observations, measurements, calculations, and choices based on sound science and economic and environmental costs, just like a green engineer. The broader impact/commercial potential of this project is its support for middle school general science, earth science, and similar curricular offerings. In addition, GEM products will support teachers with activities having a green engineering emphasis. GEM Project users will benefit by becoming more capable and motivated in their in-class STEM academic studies, as well as being better prepared and interested in pursuing STEM careers and becoming more STEM-literate citizens.

Principal Investigator:

Elroy J. Bolduc
3523712567
rbolduc@athena-group.com

Business Contact:

Elroy J. Bolduc
3523712567
rbolduc@athena-group.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

The Athena Group, Inc.
3424 NW 31 Street Gainesville, FL 32605-0000

EIN/Tax ID: 592724492
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No