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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY19 is not expected to be complete until April, 2020.

  1. AlphaBear2

    SBC: Spry Fox LLC            Topic: EDIES17R0006

    This project team will fully develop and test AlphaBear 2, a vocabulary learning game for grade 4 to 7 students. Vocabulary is a prerequisite for academic success, as it is linked to stronger performance across academic subjects and improved reading comprehension. It is more difficult for students to participate in educational activities without understanding the key vocabulary associated with tha ...

    SBIR Phase II 2017 Department of EducationInstitute of Education Sciences
  2. A Collaborative Interface for Teacher-Student Interaction in Virtual Environments

    SBC: STRANGE LOOP GAMES INC.            Topic: edIES17R0005

    In prior projects, including a 2015 ED/IES SBIR award, the team developed two immersive multiplayer virtual game environments. In Eco and Colony, middle school students collaboratively apply scientific practices within the virtual worlds to address challenges, such as the availability of resources and energy and maintaining clean water. With this Phase I funding, the team is developing a prototype ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of EducationInstitute of Education Sciences
  3. Machine learning for standoff detection of Special Nuclear Material (SNM)

    SBC: CLOSTRA, INC.            Topic: DTRA162001

    "Deep Learning for standoff detection of Special Nuclear Material (DLeN) applies the same deep learning techniques that allow computers to beat human performance in image recognition and the game of Go to detecting Special Nuclear Material. Spectral analysis and signal processing can in some cases be augmented by the use of much larger neural nets that conduct much deeper analysis of features of t ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of DefenseDefense Threat Reduction Agency
  4. Novel Munition Technologies to Attack and Defeat Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

    SBC: HYPERION TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC.            Topic: DTRA143004

    Traditional weapon systems often fail to meet the requirements of close combat typical of the previously discussed engagement, where insurgents often blend in or store weapon amongst friendly or non-combatant forces, to shield them from precision strike munitions of a technologically superior force. This type of warfare has led to an increased focus on the use of less-lethal weapons, to reduce let ...

    SBIR Phase II 2017 Department of DefenseDefense Threat Reduction Agency
  5. Advanced Fast Shutter for Debris Mitigation

    SBC: HYPERION TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC.            Topic: DTRA143007

    In an effort to development more robust optical system coatings DTRA, in collaboration with Sandia National Labs, is working to characterize the degradation of optical materials for space systems when exposed to high intensely EUV/ cold x-rays. The experiments utilizes the Double Eagle z-pinch facility which generates high current, high voltage arc pinch plasma to produce an intense EUV and cold x ...

    SBIR Phase II 2017 Department of DefenseDefense Threat Reduction Agency
  6. AlphaBear

    SBC: Spry Fox LLC            Topic: 1

    In prior research and development, the team developed AlphaBear, a mobile gaming app where students are challenged to spell words which are then used to create humorous sentences. This project will develop and test a prototype for use specifically by English Learners. The prototype will formatively assess students' vocabulary, adjust gameplay to the skill levels of individual students, and provide ...

    SBIR Phase I 2016 Department of Education
  7. Knowledge Base Population, Combination, Representation, and Reasoning, using Textual Rulelog, for Large and Diverse Knowledge Collections

    SBC: Coherent Knowledge Systems LLC            Topic: DTRA143005

    DTRA is faced with the challenge of extracting and effectively utilizing information from a very large and diverse set of natural language and structured data sources. Current methods often lack contextualization and are generally noisy, shallow, patchy, and overly low-level. We will develop a unifying, general, and elegant solution to address this challenge, based on the overall Textual Rulelog a ...

    SBIR Phase I 2016 Department of DefenseDefense Threat Reduction Agency
  8. Advanced Electromagnetic Shutter for Hypervelocity Debris Mitigation

    SBC: HYPERION TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC.            Topic: DTRA143007

    The proposed ultra-fast shutter achieves all design requirements for hypervelocity debris mitigation in the EUV cold x-ray Z-machine experiment using a high reliability magneforming shutter which has been field tested hundreds of times under conditions very similar to the Z-pinch machine. The proposed device is based upon the electromagnetic hypervelocity debris mitigation shutter put into operati ...

    SBIR Phase I 2016 Department of DefenseDefense Threat Reduction Agency
  9. Computer Science Curriculum for First Grade Students Using a Robot Games Platform

    SBC: Play Works Studio            Topic: EDIES15R0005

    The project team is developing and testing a prototype of a computer science game-based intervention intended for Grade 1 students. The prototype will include physical robots that will be designed and controlled on a game board by students through a blue-tooth enabled smartphone app. The product will include teacher resources and suggestions to facilitate classroom integration. In the Phase I pilo ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of EducationInstitute of Education Sciences
  10. LifeSim

    SBC: Spry Fox LLC            Topic: edieS15R0005

    This project team will develop and test a prototype of LifeSim, intended to be a financial literacy game app for high school students to strengthen mathematical skills and practical life knowledge. In the game, high school students will manage hypothetical investment funds and be challenged to understand compounded interest and debt. The app will include materials for math teachers to integrate th ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of EducationInstitute of Education Sciences

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