The Serious STEM Games for Pre-College and Informal Science Education Audiences (SBIR) program aims to provide opportunities for eligible small business concerns to submit SBIR grant applications to develop serious STEM games with a focus on biology that addresses health and medicine questions for: (1) pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12) students and pre- and in-service teachers or (2) Informal Science Education (ISE) audiences. Serious games are defined as the use of gaming technology to train, educate, and encourage behavioral changes in a virtual world format where progressive learning, feedback on success and user control are combined into an interactive and engaging experience. It is anticipated that this SBIR opportunity will facilitate the translation of new or existing health and medicine-based, P-12 STEM curricula and museum exhibits into educational games that will provide a hands-on, inquiry-based and learning-by-doing experience for students, teachers and the community. 

Deadline: Nov. 12, 2014

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