Fireline Science Receives SBIR Grant

Fireline Science LLC has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The company uses data science-based insights to guide their development of digital products and services. They use educational technology products, AI, and analytics to drive this innovation.

This grant will help in their development of a new technical framework for an intelligent, edge-based learning management system that will work in completely offline or suboptimal online student environments. The COVID-19 pandemic introduced students across the nation to online and hybrid learning models. Going forward, many schools intend to continue digital learning when students cannot be physically present (eg. snow days). This style of teaching relies on students having reliable access to the internet and technology, which is simply not always the case. The digital divide has become increasingly present in this past year. 

Fireline Science intends to put this grant towards a fundamentally new engineering approach to learning management systems that use cloud-based technologies for synchronous and asynchronous communications. They intend for this to be a near-term solution to at-home digital learning as high-speed internet infrastructure is expanded to uncovered territories – such as Native Reservations. 

“We began this project based on my father’s experience as a principal of a Native American K-6 boarding school. When the COVID-19 crisis began, he had no viable digital learning solutions for his students and had to rely on bus drivers delivering paper packets to provide continuity of learning,” said Collin Sellman, PhD, CEO at Fireline Science LLC. “We are confident that our deep experience in data science, AI, and building next-generation, large-scale learning management systems will allow us to develop a fundamentally new approach for offline student learning to help the students currently being left behind.”

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