DHS Centers of Excellence Science Fair Projects

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Amount:
$750,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N10PC20003
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2010
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
821216
Solicitation Topic Code:
H-SB08.2-002
Small Business Information
The Athena Group, Inc.
408 W University Avenue, Suite 306, Gainesville, FL, 32605
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
362312290
Principal Investigator
 Elroy Bolduc
 (352) 371-2567
 royb@AthenaEd.com
Business Contact
 Monica Murphy
Phone: (352) 373-5182
Email: mmurphy@athena-group.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

DHS Centers of Excellence provide exceptional contemporary scientific information and discoveries. The K-12 learning community could benefit from access to these resources. Athena has identified a strategy/technology that overcomes the problems associated with converting DHS content into learning material for mainstream K-12 education. Under a Phase I SBIR project, The Athena Group, Inc. (Athena), focused on translating DHS Center of Excellence discoveries into exciting, age-appropriate science fair kit (SFK) projects.

In Phase II, the SFK project will be vastly expanded and include new features. The SFK solution will be rigorously evaluated by middle school students/faculty from the Orlando, FL and New York, NY area school districts.  Many science fair support packages provide only step-by-step project procedures. SFKs use 3-D simulations, virtual instruments, and scenario-based lessons to produce better qualified S&T students with a deeper appreciation of DHS research activities. Another benefit comes from connecting students` parents with cutting-edge DHS materials. Parents encounter DHS resources when helping their students create meaningful science projects.  Athena is experienced in developing/ marketing learning technology to the K-12 market. SFKs will serve this market and be released to students at no cost. Athena will develop a sustained revenue stream through sponsorship, donations, and other mechanisms.

 

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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