GBL’s OSD Navy Sailor 2025 Initiative Receives Grant from National Defense Education Program (NDEP)

June 2018

GBL was awarded a National Defense Education Program (NDEP) funded grant through Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD), to develop the Proximal Engagement Education Resource (PEER); which will deliver immersive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) experiences to selected Orlando K-12 schools, Career Education Centers, and will be presented at the 2018 Interservice/ Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC). 

Current school districts are just starting to implement digital multi-media presentations across the traditional classroom environment, but mostly without a framework that can support easy content creation, administration, and delivery. The PEER project will advance current State-of-the-Art (SOA) by providing new interactive STEM learning environments to increase the level of awareness, interest, and active participation in STEM disciplines; while maintaining the educational pipeline of future scientists and engineers for the DoD Navy. By leveraging the Proximal Web™ FutureOrb™ technology , GBL will provide advanced proximity specific mission-based interactions to deliver the following: 

  • Create interactive STEM learning experiences that are nationally extensible
  • Permit teachers/educators/scientists to easily display new content and control rendering or display of content to a proximal location using specific wireless signals
  • Restrict access to only approved URLs (disabling Internet browsing capability)
  • Provide student self-guided execution, allowing them to learn at their own pace
  • Align with the Navy’s Sailor 2025 Ready Relevant Learning (RRL) initiatives

PEER is set to kick-off in late June 2018, and has the potential to help GBL introduce its Proximal Web™ technology into the education sector; while strengthening current GBL efforts to refine its FutureOrb Education rollout strategy. Photos of elementary students using iPads at school to do amazing projects.