NASA SBIR 2004 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 04 B5.03-9484
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Development of Improved Outreach Planning and Implementation Products
PROPOSAL TITLE: Think Tek Learning Lab

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Steven Winter Associates Inc.
50 Washington Street
Norwalk, CT 06854-2721
(203)857-0200

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Ravi Gorthala
rgorthala@swinter.com
50 Washington Street
Norwalk, CT 06854-2721
(203)857-0200

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) proposes to develop a nation-wide informal technology education program that integrates math, science, engineering and technology (STEM) through its Think Tek Learning Lab. The goal of the Lab is three-pronged: providing an after-school enrichment program for teens; arousing interest in math and science; and achieving outreach for NASA commercial technologies. The Lab will serve middle/high school students through after-school and Saturday classes, summer institutes, and school visits. The focus of this informal technology learning laboratory includes hands-on experimentation and exploration, design and construction, and interaction with a variety of technologies, scientists, and learning materials. The Lab will be a living NASA outreach spin-off with experiments that showcase real-life NASA commercial technologies. The project will support NASA's efforts to publicize the positive ripple effects that the space funding generates on the domestic front.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
The proposed Think Tek Learning Lab will significantly reinforce NASA's efforts on STEM education. In addition, the Lab will serve as a living NASA outreach spin-off that highlights the importance of space funding on day-to-day commercial and consumer technologies.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
While informal education is a multi-billion dollar industry in the U.S., there are several successful nation-wide companies in the field of education. Examples include KAPLAN, Huntington Learning Center, Sylvan Learning Center and Kumon. There is no nation-wide education company with a focus on hands-on STEM education. That presented SWA with an opportunity to develop Think Tek . SWA will develop a pilot program in Asheville, NC, modularize it and market it throughout the country.