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

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0232223
Agency Tracking Number:
0232223
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Quantum Simulations Incorporated
5275 Sardis Road, Murrysville, PA, 15668
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Benny Johnson
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project focuses on the development of meaningful interactive tutoring and assessment capabilities for chemistry tutorial software. Although there has been a clearly articulated user demand for advancement in this area, it has been repeatedly identified as one for which existing offerings are weak. Quantum Simulations 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. The technology, however, is specifically targeted to help those who have the greatest need--such as students of average or marginal performance and students from historically underrepresented groups--by lowering barriers to accessing high-quality science instructional software. The firm has established a partnership with an NSF-funded systemic reform initiative to further these goals. The customers for the proffered technology include textbook publishers, software providers, hardware vendors and distance learning companies. Quantum has entered into a long-term contract with a prominent textbook publishe, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, to commercialize this technology. This arrangement will result in rapid dissemination to an established end user base.

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