Empower Math Project (EMP)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Education
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
R305S04391
Agency Tracking Number:
R305S04391
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
84.305S04
Small Business Information
The Athena Group, Inc.
5522 NW 43 Street, Suite B, Gainesville, FL, 32653
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Neelands Kevin
Mr
(352) 371-2567
kcn@athena-group.com
Business Contact:
Monica Murphy
Ms
(352) 371-2567
mmurphy@athena-group.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Phase I Empower Math Project (EMP) will result in a technology capable of delivering authentic, engaging, and relevant mathematics studies and understanding to a 9-12 grade audience. EMP is the result of fusing two existing complementary computer-based learning systems, developed by the proposer, called PenMATH and Lord Kelvin. By channeling student interests with authentic experiences, EMP can become a motivator of mathematics-centric studies. Using Java as the enabling technology, EMP will define a learning environment that attains a new level of data-centric mathematics studies that can be conducted in a manner previously unattainable. The software is designed to support learning, both in-class on on-line, effectively. New innovations include the extensive use of animations and simulations to create a data-rich mathematical workspace, and the use of multiple intelligent help agents. The system is designed to be extremely robust, supporting mathematics studies ranging from guided to inquiry-based, across a wide array of learning instances. The developed Phase I technology development project will be guided and evaluated by a highly experienced team of learning specialists.

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