IU Startup Receives $900K from DOE

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An Indiana University-affiliated startup has received a two-year, $900,000 SBIR Phase II grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. Graspable Inc. says it will use the funding to develop Graspable Math Activities, an app that will encourage students to practice math skills from their mobile devices.

The company says Graspable Math Activities will include three components:

  • an app that allows students to work on algebra activities, provides instant step-by-step feedback and creates teacher reports for formative assessment
  • a library of algebra activities that is organized by standards, topics and grades for teachers to assign to their students
  • a professional development plan for training teachers on integrating the app into their classroom practice

"We will then work with our partners to conduct a pilot study to explore the efficacy of Graspable Math Activities in 40 ninth-grade classes," said Erik Weitnauer, company co-founder and president, in a news release. "We will examine the technology across several criteria, including usability, reliability and efficacy."

Weitnauer says the company is slated to open Graspable Math Activities to a larger market in 2021.

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