SBIR Phase I: An On-Ramp to Computational Fluency

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0712303
Agency Tracking Number: 0712303
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: IT
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-598
Small Business Information
1 Hopkins St., 9201 University City Blvd., Montpelier, VT, 05602
DUNS: 780073503
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Hancock
 (802) 223-3044
Business Contact
 Christopher Hancock
Title: PhD
Phone: (802) 223-3044
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I research project undertakes a major improvement in the cost-benefit equation of learning computer programming. The approach integrates a new programming paradigm particularly suited to real-time, high-interactivity applications, with advances in program liveness and visualization, and game-based learning of essential concepts and skills. The strategy is to draw learners onward and upward through continued creative empowerment, while also facilitating more direct engagement with the core intellectual content of computer programming. If successful, this research project will lead to products that will engage over half a million learners in mastering fundamental computational topics and orient them to creative purposes, thereby addressing these major national priorities: 1) workforce preparation and technological fluency; 2) rebuilding computer science enrollment and retention at the college level; 3) alternative, hands-on pathways into algebra and mathematics for students who struggle with traditional instruction; and 4) cultivating technology-based creativity among young people.

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