DHS Centers of Excellence Science Fair Projects

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