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VR-enhanced Immersive Science Investigations into Biology and Genetics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: Institute of Education Sciences
Contract: 91990020C0082
Agency Tracking Number: 91990020C0082
Amount: $900,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 91990020R0007
Solicitation Number: 91990020R0007
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-06-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-06-17
Small Business Information
3343 Josie Ave
Long Beach, CA 90808
United States
DUNS: 079386361
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Sarno
 (202) 245-7550
Business Contact
 David Sarno
Phone: (202) 245-7550
Research Institution

Verdant will be an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience for high school biology students focusing on Mendel's investigation into the heredity of pea plants and the basis of genetics. In Verdant, students revisit Mendel's scientific process by designing and running open-ended crossbreeding experiments at the macroscopic and microscopic levels and recording results, as Mendel did, but in hours instead of years. Verdant is implemented over 2 to 4 weeks and includes time in the immersive VR environment and for classroom discussions. Teachers will serve as coaches and facilitators, guiding students when necessary, monitoring student progress, and offering just-in-time instruction to answer questions and reinforce key concepts and skills.

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