An Augmented Reality Sandbox for use in Early Elementary STEM Instruction

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: Institute of Education Sciences
Contract: 91990019C0033
Agency Tracking Number: 91990019C0033
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
2625 N Loop Dr Ste 2610, Ames, IA, 50010
DUNS: 080053782
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Whitmer
 (202) 245-7550
 whitmer@parametricstudioinc.com
Business Contact
 Chris Whitmer
Phone: (202) 245-7550
Email: whitmer@parametricstudioinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The team will develop a prototype of an augmented reality (AR) sandbox with foundational learning experiences in engineering and computer science for students in kindergarten to grade 2. The prototype will embed puzzle challenges within the AR interface to facilitate experiences that will mirror traditional real-world play-building activities. At the end of Phase I, in a pilot study in three classrooms, the researchers will examine whether the prototype functions as planned, whether the AR sandbox is engaging for students, and if the prototype shows promise for improving student learning outcomes in engineering and computer science.

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