Smart Science Education Inc. Wins National EdTech Contest while Reinventing Science Education

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Small California company, in David-Goliath face-off, takes first place as the best science solution in educational technology competition.

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Authentic, hands-on learning

In its first entry into the eight-year old educational technology EdTech Digest contest, Smart Science Education Inc. walked away with first place honors in the Science Solution division.

EdTech Digest, in making this award commented, "Authentic, hands-on learning, thoughtful experiments; works on any device. Stimulates students to really get concepts essential to inquiry and discovery style science and to own their learning. Pedagogically sound; teachers love it.”

This small, family owned and operated company does all of its development and support in the United States. The patented process ensures optimum learning in an online setting, focusing more on the concepts than on the facts, procedures, and vocabulary of science.

Ed Keller, CEO, said, “We built a system whose core features real experiments and hands-on measurement so that students are engaged and own their own data. I meet teachers all over the country who are immediately impressed by what they see. We match their expectations for a great online science learning system.”

According to Dr. Harry Keller, president and chief science officer, Smart Science® lessons beat the others because “they were designed and built by scientists instead of computer programmers and marketers. All of our software was created internally by professional software engineers with decades of high-level experience.”

Smart Science Education Inc. has been designing and building its lessons for well over a decade and now has about 300 lessons available for grade 3 through college. More than a million lessons have been done by students around the country and around the world. They conform to the NGSS and state science standards. Significant customers include the New York City Department of Education, k12.com, Springfield (MO) Public Schools, and Dallas ISD.

Jayne Keller, CTO and treasurer said, “Unlike many startups, we have built our company without any external financing or loans. We had some tough times, but we believed in our vision and mission and persevered. The big breakthrough for us came from Google. Using their toolkit, we were able to build a system that runs from the Internet on virtually any device. We also use their virtual servers and have built-in Google Translate so that our HTML5 system can be used in nearly 100 languages.”

In addition to the three Keller family members mentioned (father Harry, mother Jayne, and son Edward), daughter, Caroline, is an MIT graduate and IP attorney who was key in obtaining the company’s patent and trademark. She continues to consult with the company as necessary on legal matters.

Dr. Keller further remarked, “We were a bit early to a market that clearly was not ready for so many groundbreaking advances in educational technology. Today, this award proves that the market has caught up to us. Now that we have broken through the critical seven-figure revenue ceiling, the sky’s the limit. We have a mission to deliver great science education at low, affordable prices around to the world so that everyone can benefit from understanding science and having their own version of Carl Sagan’s 'baloney detection kit.'”

Ed Keller also added, “Our pedagogy matches the well-regarded 5E approach to learning. We don’t just have real experiments and hands-on measurement. We embed these in a full learning scaffold based on proven pedagogy.”

For more information on Smart Science Education Inc., see http://www.smartscience.net.
For more information on EdTech Digest, see https://edtechdigest.com/.
For more information on the EdTech Digest Awards, see https://edtechdigest.com/the-edtech-awards/.

For further information, contact Harry Keller at 310-802-1600 or harry (at) smartscience (dot) net.

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