STEM Education- Increasing awareness about Intelligent Transportation Systems and Connected Vehicle Technologies for High School Students

Period of Performance: 08/13/2015 - 08/13/2017

$750K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Nanosonic, Inc.
158 Wheatland Drive Array
Pembroke, VA 24136
Firm POC, Principal Investigator

Abstract

NanoSonic will work with the Giles County School System and Leidos transportation engineers to develop STEM lesson plans concerning ITS and CV technologies, and will demonstrate their use in the classroom with Middle School and High School teachers and students. During Phase I, twenty draft lesson plans were developed, ten for Middle School and ten for High School. During Phase II, these plans would be used in after-­‐school ITS STEM classes, at three Giles County schools during Year 1 and at all County schools during Year 2, and in ITS STEM Summer Camps. Approximately twenty additional lesson plans would be developed, focusing on hands-­‐on demonstrations of CV concepts. The lessons would be NanoSonic will work with the Giles County School System and Leidos transportation engineers to develop STEM lesson plans concerning ITS and CV technologies, and will demonstrate their use in the classroom with Middle School and High School teachers and students. During Phase I, twenty draft lesson plans were developed, ten for Middle School and ten for High School. During Phase II, these plans would be used in after-­‐school ITS STEM classes, at three Giles County schools during Year 1 and at all County schools during Year 2, and in ITS STEM Summer Camps. Approximately twenty additional lesson plans would be developed, focusing on hands-­‐on demonstrations of CV concepts. The lessons would be revised in response to reviews from a group of external evaluators, and the final plans and supporting materials would be delivered to the Department of Transportation for free distribution. Commercial products resulting from the Phase II program will include customized demonstration hardware kits corresponding to multiple ITS lessons, a boxed ITS Road Trip board game, and professionally printed, durable copies of lesson plans and supporting information for teachers, students and career counselors. Potential commercial partners, other school districts, and multiple government agencies have expressed interest in this program.