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EVALUATION OF A PORTABLE MICROCOMPUTER-BASED LABORATORY IN SIXTH-GRADE SCIENCE…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
17277
Program Year/Program:
1992 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
17277
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Architectural Energy Corporati
2540 Frontier Avenue Suite 201 Boulder, CO 80301 0240
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1992
Title: EVALUATION OF A PORTABLE MICROCOMPUTER-BASED LABORATORY IN SIXTH-GRADE SCIENCE CLASSES
Agency: NSF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,999.00
 

Abstract:

INADEQUATE STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND A LACK OF QUALIFIED TEACHERS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS PROBLEMS IN SCIENCE AND MATH EDUCATION. MICROCOMPUTER-BASED LABORATORIES (MBLS) WERE DEVELOPED TO GIVE STUDENTS A HANDS-ON LEARNING METHOD AND HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO IMPROVE STUDENT PERFORMANCE. ELECTRONIC ADVANCEMENTS NOW ALLOW FOR THE RESEARCH OF INTEGRATING EXISTING, STATE-OF-THE-ART, LOW-COST, PALM-SIZED, PORTABLE DATA ACQUISITION EQUIPMENT INTO A PORTABLE MICROCOMPUTER-BASED LABORATORY (PMBL). A PMBL COULD BE USED IN THE CLASSROOM, BUT WOULD ALSO OFFER PORTABILITY, ALLOWING STUDENTS TO APPLY THE MBL APPROACH TO THE WORLD BEYOND THEIR CLASSROOM, THEREBY STIMULATING THEIR INTERESTS AND ENHANCING THEIR LEARNING. THE FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT WILL BE BASED ON TWO EXPERIMENTS PERFORMED BY SIXTH-GRADERS: (1) A REAL-TIME, CLASSROOM EXPLORATION OF HEAT AND ENERGY, AND (2) A STUDY OF LOCAL WEATHER BY USING THE PMBL AS A WEATHER STATION. WE ANTICIPATE THAT STUDENTS WILL BENEFIT FROM THE USE OF THE PMBL AND THAT TEACHERS WILLEASILY INCORPORATE AND USE IT. CONCEIVABLY, THE PMBL APPROACH COULD BE APPLIED TO BENEFIT SCIENCE AND MATH EDUCATION AT ALL GRADE LEVELS. STUDENT EXPOSURE TO THE TECHNOLOGY AND AN IMPROVED UNDERSTANDING OF MATH AND SCIENCEWILL ENHANCE THEIR ECONOMIC WORTH AND THEREFORE THE WHOLE COUNTRY'S ECONOMIC SITUATION AND COMPETITIVE POSITION WILL BENEFIT.

Principal Investigator:

David N. Wortman
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Small Business Information at Submission:

Architectural Energy Corp
2540 Frontier Ave Suite 201 Boulder, CO 80301

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DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No