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Design Environment for Educator-Student Collaboration Allowing Real-Time Engineering-centric, STEM (DESCARTES) Exploration in Middle Grades

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: Institute of Education Sciences
Contract: EDIES1C0034
Agency Tracking Number: EDIES17C0034
Amount: $900,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: none
Solicitation Number: EDIES17R0006
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-05-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-04-30
Small Business Information
2625 N Loop Dr Suite 2634
Ames, IA 50010
United States
DUNS: 080053782
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Chris Whitmer
 (202) 245-7550
Business Contact
 Chris Whitmer
Phone: (202) 245-7550
Research Institution

DESCARTES is a game-based engineering environment where students design, test, and build projects, including boats, airplanes, and other models. The web-based student-facing environment will include challenges, topic introductions, tutorials, and tools for analyzing and improving projects. Following completion of a concept in the environment, students will then build and test real world prototypes using a 3-D printer. Students will be able to work together in teams, keep a log of their activities, and share designs, reports, and ideas with classmates and teachers. The teacher portal will track student progress and provide curricular supports and materials for classroom implementation.

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