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Graspable Math Activities

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: Institute of Education Sciences
Contract: 91990018C0032
Agency Tracking Number: 91990018C0032
Amount: $199,681.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 91990018R0006
Solicitation Number: 91990018R0006
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-05-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-01-09
Small Business Information
Bloomington, IN 47408
United States
DUNS: 836486535
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 erik weitnauer
 (202) 245-7550
Business Contact
 Erik Weitnauer
Phone: (202) 245-7550
Research Institution

Through previous grant awards from IES, researchers developed Graspable Math, a tablet-based intervention where middle and high school students create and manipulate complex expressions for basic operations as well as equations and equations systems and inequalities. In this project, the team will develop a prototype of Graspable Math Activities, an app with novel kinds of algebra practice and assessment tasks. The app will support students in becoming fluent and flexible users of algebra and will provide teachers with formative assessment reports about their students' performance. The algebra activities will promote procedural fluency while allowing students to focus on strategy and the connection between concepts and procedures. At the end of Phase I, in a pilot study with three high school classrooms, the researchers will examine whether the prototype functions as planned, whether teachers believe that the full product concept could be implemented, and if the prototype shows promise for improving student mathematics outcomes.

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