One of the
"The company is getting ready to stand on its own two feet," said
The move is part of a new partnership with the
The ACCA will supply space for the young company in exchange for free use of IS3D's materials in classrooms and training opportunities for students interested in entrepreneurship, software development or other aspects of their business.
Many teachers who have used IS3D products and trained with their staff already have a strong partnership with the company, according to Clarke County School Superintendent
"We have some space, and rather than have it sit free, we can bring in a group like IS3D that's working with our school district, that's developing with our school district, and that allows our kids to experience something they couldn't before," Lanoue said. "It's a really good thing."
Only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics career, according to the
IS3D was founded in 2010 by eight UGA faculty and staff members who shared a dream of improving science comprehension and inspiring young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM fields. Through partnerships with more than a dozen school districts, IS3D's team of artists, designers and programmers have developed a robust catalogue of products based on student and teacher feedback, and the software has made many students excited about science for the first time.
"They have accomplished so much in a very short amount of time," said
Their latest development is an online analysis system called SABLE, which stands for skills and assessments-based learning environment. As students work through case studies and challenges created by IS3D, the teacher can monitor students' critical thinking skills in real time through SABLE.
If a student is struggling with a specific concept or skill, the teacher can see this on a computer screen and offer help to the student immediately, rather than waiting to grade homework assignments or exams.
"The beautiful thing about our new SABLE technology is that we can apply it to any school subject, but it's also perfectly suited for adults who need job training or skill development," said Robertson. "Products like this will go a long way toward making our company completely self-sustaining."
A pharmaceutical company could, for example, use the SABLE system to make sure that all its drug representatives understand the way a new drug works so that they can talk about it with researchers, physicians and pharmacists, Robertson said.
As IS3D gains a stronger foothold in the marketplace, they plan to boost production and bring their unique products to as many classrooms as possible, both in the U.S. and around the world.
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