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Title: Development of an Online, Multi-Challenge Platform that can Host Multiple K-12 Engineering Design Challenge Competitions Simultaneously
Center: NCER Year: 2016
Principal Investigator: Belle, Deanne Awardee: Future Engineers
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 6 months (5/1/2016-10/31/2016) Award Amount: $55,481
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: EDIES16C0002

The project team developed and tested a prototype of an online platform to facilitate engineering project challenges within K12 classrooms across many schools. The prototype included a content management platform to enable a high volume of challenges for students to conduct projects on a broad range of STEM topics, such as computer coding, digital modeling, or producing simulations. In a pilot study with one school at the end of Phase I, research demonstrated that the prototype functioned as planned, that teachers were able to incorporate challenges within instruction practice, and multiple classrooms were able to participate in a challenge and produce a product in response to a challenge.