Children Grasp STEM Concepts through a Game

InteliSpark client, Parametric Studio, Inc., was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the U.S. Department of Education for phase I of their project, “An Augmented Reality Sandbox for use in Early Elementary STEM Instruction.” As one of 13 award recipients across the nation, Parametric Studio, Inc., will develop an augmented reality application-based engineering puzzle game for students in kindergarten to grade 2 that combines design, simulation, programming, STEM learning, and collaboration utilities.  

Research shows that technology can be a learning tool for both inside and outside of the classroom, and that early exposure to computer science and engineering increases the likelihood for students’ future success in math and science. According to research conducted by Google and Gallup, only 40% of K-12 schools in the U.S. offer at least one computer science course, and yet, over 90% of parents believe in the importance of computer science in early education. Meanwhile, schools that do offer courses continue to experience challenges in meeting state and national standards for math and science.

To meet the growing need for early and effective education in STEM, the researchers at Parametric Studio, Inc. will develop an engineering puzzle-based augmented reality (AR) sandbox for K-2 age children. Students will design Rube Goldberg contraptions that will foster skills in problem solving and algorithmic thinking. This fun and engaging approach has potential to improve students’ perceptions toward STEM as well as their performance, thereby helping teachers and institutions meet state and national standards. Additionally, young children will develop critical skills required to thrive in the 21st century.

Parametric Studio, Inc. is an Ed-Tech company that believes in the importance of STEM education in raising up the next generation of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and leaders. This project, led by Dr. Christopher Whitmer, Chief Technology Officer at Parametric Studio, Inc., exemplifies the potential for technological innovation in the private sector in addressing social challenges.