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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: 91990019C0032
Agency Tracking Number: 91990019C0032
Amount: $200,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 91990019R0011
Solicitation Number: 91990019R0011
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-02-24
Small Business Information
3343 Josie Ave, Long Beach, CA, 90808
DUNS: 079386361
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Sarno
 (202) 245-7550
 david@lighthaus.us
Business Contact
 David Sarno
Phone: (202) 245-7550
Email: david@lighthaus.us
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The team will develop a prototype of an immersive virtual reality experience for high school students to learn about the scientific processes and the biology of plants. The prototype will be designed to be multi-player where groups of students collaboratively conduct open-ended cross-breeding experiments, record images to export to reports, track and analyze data, and draw conclusions. At the end of Phase I, in a pilot study with 50 high school biology students, the researchers will examine whether the prototype functions as planned and whether it shows potential for improving students' science content knowledge related to genetics, heredity, and traits, as well as their use of science and engineering practices.

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