|Title:||Dear Smart Girl: Game-Based STEM Career Exploration for Elementary Aged Girls|
|Principal Investigator:||Olukeye, Abi||Awardee:||Smart Girls HQ, LLC|
|Program:||Small Business Innovation Research [Program Details]|
|Award Period:||8 months (05/15/2022 – 01/15/2023)||Award Amount:||$250,000|
|Type:||Phase I Development||Award Number:||91990022C0025|
Purpose: In this project, the team aimed to develop a prototype of a STEM career exploration product for girls in grade 5. This product was to consist of an online virtual world presented through a whimsical game-based narrative designed to be appealing to girls and a corresponding real-world hands-on physical activity kit to apply learning of core concepts. This proposed prototype module focused on principles of electrical engineering. At the end of Phase I, the project team would conduct a pilot study with 100 grade 5 female students to test if the prototype functions as planned, if students were engaged and could successfully transfer knowledge from the game to the hands-on replica project, and if educators could feasibly implement the hands-on activity.