Lab science through distance learning: certification for in-service teachers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: R305S04043
Agency Tracking Number: R305S04043
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: 84.305S04
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
283 Salem St., Andover, MA, 18100
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Hsu Thomas
 (978) 423-0592
Business Contact
 Emmanouil Chaniotakis
Title: Dr
Phone: (617) 253-8450
Research Institution
The proposed research will create and evaluate a coordinated program of curriculum, equipment, software, and instruction that makes hand-on, lab-based, science content accessible through distance learning. The program is designed for in-service teachers to become highly qualified in science content areas, such as physics. Teachers registering for an online course can do labs because they will receive the lab equipment package as part of their course materials. Phase I is to develop 12 lessons in physics, demonstrating innovation in four key areas: inquiry-based curriculum, instruction via interactive DVD’s, hand-held computer software for data visualization and control, and MEbot (Mobile Experiment robot). MEbot is a self-propelled or free-wheeling data logger incorporating sophisticated robotics that combine the power of simulation with the physical reality of a moving system. Phase II will complete a six course sequence leading to state certification. Lab sciences are not available through distance learning today because of the inability to do labs using only a computer. The proposed research will make quality science instruction available to nearly all teachers who need it.

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