Wyoming Business Council
March 4, 2014
The Sheridan Programmers Guild of Sheridan, Wyo., has received funding to help them conduct research into the use of technology in remedial math education and create web apps to encourage higher success rates among high school and college students who must take remedial courses.
The Sheridan Programmers Guild received a $5,000 Phase 0 Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative (WSSI) award to help them pursue a U.S. Department of Education Phase I SBIR award. The company will use the Phase 0 award to research literature in math remediation, conduct interviews with educators, begin mockups of the software, cover mentoring fees, and complete a Phase 1 application to the Department of Education.
“A high percentage of community college students are required to enroll in remedial math courses but then fail to progress toward a degree. We intend to build educational games that can provide students with immediate feedback, encouragement, progress tracking, and a certain amount of entertainment value, to help alleviate the tedium of the practice required to master specific skills,” said Anne Gunn, founder of the Sheridan Programmers Guild. “Our initial games will be web apps using our in-house capability to support multiple platforms, including mobile devices. Given success online, we would hope to publish the same content in the form of mobile apps as well.”
“This WSSI Phase 0 award will enable the Sheridan Programmers Guild to develop a nationally competitive Phase I SBIR proposal for submission to the U.S. Department of Education. If their Phase I proposal receives a $150,000 Dept. of Education Phase I SBIR award, they will then become eligible to compete for a $1 million Phase II award which should be sufficient to allow them to commercialize their math remediation web apps,” said Gene Watson, WSSI director.
The Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative (WSSI) is sponsored by the Wyoming Business Council and administered by the University of Wyoming Office of Research and Economic Development. The mission of this partnership is to increase the number of federal SBIR awards received by Wyoming small businesses by providing funding assistance through the WSSI Phase 0 program. The program facilitates the preparation of competitive proposals in the annual national $2.5 billion SBIR competition for Phase I (up to $150,000) and Phase II (up to $1 million) awards. Any Wyoming tech-based, for-profit small business or individual desiring to submit a Phase I proposal to any of the eleven participating federal SBIR agencies is eligible to apply for a WSSI Phase 0 award. For further information on the WSSI and SBIR programs, go to www.uwyo.edu/sbir, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.