SBIR Phase II: Artificial Intelligence Software for Student Assessment in Chemistry Education

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0349630
Agency Tracking Number: 0232223
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
5275 Sardis Road, Murrysville, PA, 15668
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Benny Johnson
 PI
 (724) 733-8603
 johnson@quantumsimulations.com
Business Contact
 Benny Johnson
Phone: (724) 733-8603
Email: johnson@quantumsimulations.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project builds Phase I work on development of meaningful interactive tutoring and assessment capabilities for chemistry education software. Despite clearly articulated teacher and student demand for improvement, this area has been repeatedly identified as that where existing offerings are weakest. Quantum Simulations proposes a new and different approach, adapting and incorporating new concepts from artificial intelligence (AI). More than just assigning a grade, meaningful opportunities will be created for students to learn directly from the assessment itself. The proposed technology will benefit all students; however, it is specifically targeted to help those who have the greatest need--such as students of average or marginal performance and students from historically underserved groups-- by lowering barriers to accessing high-quality science instructional software. Quantum Simulations has partnered with members of the Department of Education's STAR Schools program to further these goals. Quantum Simulations' customers include textbook publishers, software providers, hardware vendors and distance learning companies. A prominent textbook publisher, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, has entered into a long-term contract and has partnered with Quantum Simulations to commercialize this Phase II technology, resulting in rapid dissemination to an established end user base.

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