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Title: Challenge Feedback Tool for Mentor and Students
Center: NCER Year: 2021
Principal Investigator: Bell, Deanne Awardee: Future Engineers
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 8 months (05/01/2021 – 01/02/2022) Award Amount: $200,000
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: 91990021C0015

Through prior IES-funded SBIR projects in 2016 and 2017, the developer created an online platform, Future Engineers, to administer educational challenges for students in or outside of K12 classrooms. This project will develop a new prototype component of the platform for adult mentors who are professionals with STEM backgrounds.  The prototype will include a portal for mentors to evaluate and provide written feedback to students in response to their submissions to STEM challenges that align to course content, and an interface for students to safely engage with mentors to facilitate an iterative process to refine and improve the submission to completion.  At the end of Phase I, in a pilot study with 10 middle school classrooms with 25 students per classroom participating in challenges, the researchers will examine the feasibility of mentors providing and students receiving formative feedback during a challenge project, the ease of students' integrating the feedback as they iteratively refine their project, and mentors' and students' level of engagement during the process.

Related IES Projects: Development of an Online, Multi-Challenge Platform for K–12 Students (EDIES17C0033);  Development of an Online, Multi-Challenge Platform that can Host Multiple K–12 Engineering Design Challenge Competitions Simultaneously (EDIES16C0002)