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Title: Dear Smart Girl: Game-Based STEM Career Exploration for Elementary Aged Girls
Center: NCER Year: 2022
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.