SBIR-STTR-Success: Mindset Works
Getting students excited about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has long been a challenge facing our classrooms. With high demand for individuals in STEM careers, getting younger students engaged in science means a stronger and broader pipeline of talent in our workforce. Mindset Works is committed to helping students achieve success and confidence in STEM and reinforces positive motivation throughout its web-based interactive software programs for both students and teachers.
Co-Founders Dr. Carol Dweck and Dr. Lisa Blackwell discovered that developing a “growth” mindset, as opposed to a “fixed” mindset, is critical to adopting learning-oriented behavior. This powerful understanding leads to an increased focus on learning, greater resilience, and superior achievement. Mindset Works utilized a Phase I and subsequent Phase II SBIR grant from the Department of Education to turn this vision into a reality and created the Mindset Works® SchoolKit, based on their groundbreaking research.
Today, Mindset Works boasts a variety of programs, including its most popular Brainology®, MindsetMaker™, and LeaderKit™. The company’s most recent SBIR with the Department of Education focused on its newest endeavor – SciSkill Quest: A Standards-Based Game to Develop Students' Scientific Skills, Academic Mindsets, and Learning Strategies in Science.
“The SBIR Program has been absolutely amazing for us,” says Blackwell. “It provides a tremendous opportunity to develop technology that is highly desired and to bring research-based methods into schools. We have learned so much about how to do this well through the SBIR Program.”