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Expanding Tyto Online: Earth & Space Science Quests & Sandbox for Middle School

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: Institute of Education Sciences
Contract: 91990018C0033
Agency Tracking Number: 91990018C0033
Amount: $199,998.65
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
802 Northwest 5th Ave, Suite 100, Gainesville , FL, 32601
DUNS: 073457404
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lindsey Tropf
 (202) 245-7550
Business Contact
 Lindsey Tropf
Phone: (202) 245-7550
Research Institution
In prior research and development, the developers created Tyto Online, an online multiplayer sandbox game where middle school students engage in quests to apply life science learning. This project will extend the game by developing a prototype for the Earth and Space science domain, with a prototype including quests for the Climate and Weather topic aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In the game, students will experiment with large-scale simulations as they work to save broken planets. At the end of Phase I, in a pilot study in a middle school science classroom, the researchers will examine whether the prototype functions as planned, and whether teachers believe that the full product concept could be implemented, and if the prototype shows promise for improving student outcomes aligned to NGSS.

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