RFP of the Week – December 10, 2013
Every week, we list the top RFPs issued by the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, NASA, and other federal agencies relevant to emerging EdTech firms.
RFPs for the week of December 20, 2013:
Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency – Manufacturing Experimentation and Outreach Two (MENTOR2) Due January 21 (Dec. 5)
DARPA’s Manufacturing Experimentation and Outreach Two (MENTOR2) program aims to improve defense readiness by improving the secondary school and post-secondary school education of those who will be called on to utilize, maintain, and adapt high technology systems in low technology environments. MENTOR2 will achieve this goal by developing and demonstrating new teaching tools and materials in the fields of electromechanical design and manufacturing. It is envisioned that project based curricula employing MENTOR2 design and prototyping tools can teach a deeper understanding of high technology systems, and better enable future competence in the maintenance and adaptation of such systems through the manufacture of as-designed components or the design and manufacture of new components.
Leveraging the U.S. do-it-yourself culture including the recent “Maker” movement, MENTOR2 will develop and improve student and instructor access to the latest design and manufacturing methodologies and hardware, and further develop those technologies for the educational and training environment.
MENTOR2 will also develop tools to catalyze authentic, project-based education, where the need for technical understanding is organic to the projects being done and will address the need to assess student performance by integrating assessment with education through authentic problem-based projects.
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